Trax Ghana staff and Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR) UK team, Clare (Head of Africa Programme) and Shanna (Africa Programme intern) had a workshop to finalize Trax Ghana draft proposals for fundraising. A Theory of Change (ToC) following a thoughtful conversation about how to strengthen, monitor and evaluate the intended programme was also developed. We considered what we intend to do, who we are targeting for results, why and how we intend to do it, what we expect to achieve and associated risk and mitigation strategies among others.
The mechanized borehole that supplies water to the farm runs on the national electricity grid, which is both expensive and unreliable due to intermittent power cuts. As a long term solution to the problem, the project explored installation of solarpanels on the farm as cost effective and sustainable source of renewal energy.
Trax Norway shipment of solar panels for cheap, green electricity finally arrived on the scholarships farm in July, 2019. Two experts, Torstein and Truls of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Norway arrived in Ghana, involved and trained six selected local youth (4 males and 2 females) and two Trax Ghana field staff in the installation and maintenance of 30 solar panels on the farm. Following the completion of the installation with current excess capacity, the farm is now off the national grid and this will drastically lower the running cost of the farm and make it much more profitable. The youth who were trained, can also render external services to the general public as a source of livelihood.
United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honours
the role of rural women on October 15 each year. It recognizes rural women’s
importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide.
women and girls are leaders in agriculture, food security and nutrition, land, natural
resource management and unpaid and domestic care work. They are at the
frontline when natural resources and agriculture are threatened. It is time we
recognize the immense role played by rural women and girls and grow their
capacities to respond to climate change through agricultural production, food
security, and natural resources management.
international Day of Rural Women in Ghana and all over the world, Kudos!!
The Ministry of Food and
Agriculture (MOFA) is conducting trials at four (4) different sites (locations)
in Ghana on ISO NPK Organic Fertilizer
manufactured by CHEMICO for certification use by farmers.
The Coalition for the Advancement
of Organic Farming (CAOF) carried out the ISO NPK fertilizer trial as one of
the sites on green pepper and cabbage, led by Tumam Ghana organic farmers at
Beo Tanko in the Bongo District of the Upper East region.
Following Farmer Field Schools, a
big field day was organized to harvest the mature green pepper. The event also facilitated
on-farm discussion and knowledge sharing among stakeholders. Participants included
farmers, MOFA staff from the Headquarters, Accra led by Esther Agyekum – Senior
Organic Agriculture Officer, regional agriculture extension agents (AEAs),
representatives of CHEMICO and CAOF.
Entrepreneurship development training intended to enhance the capacity and willingness of 24 apprentices to develop, organize, and manage their business ventures under the Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR) and Trax Ghana partnership project has ended successfully. Over the course of the five day training, participants gained knowledge on entrepreneurship and business development, marketing plans and product development, product and organization management planning, financial planning, record keeping, financial resource mobilization using the Village savings and Loans Association (VSLA), marketing skills and business registration among others. They were also taken through Life skills training to develop their social and interpersonal skills for a responsible lifestyle and also to cope with the demands of everyday life. The training’s practical approach to instruction, knowledge-sharing and guide through the process of making individual business plans for their respective chosen ventures over the course of the training meant that the participants gained hands on experience. After the end of the training, participants were extremely grateful to TFSR and Trax Ghana, some of the participant’s remarks “This training will help me better manage my business and live a happy family life.”, “the knowledge acquired in business planning will help me gain clarity in terms of my expenses and income. It will also help me figure out how to reduce cost and garner better profits as self-employed for a better life”. “This training has invigorated me and added value to my dream to become self-employed to cater for myself and my family, this will really change my life!.”
The practicum period of the two UDS Students, Sarah and Joshua at Trax Ghana came to an end with a presentation on their field work. The delivery was so engaging, enlightening and stimulating. Congrats!