Trax Ghana participated in CAOF AGM

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Trax Ghana staff undergo training in Irrigation and Greenhouse Technology

Trax Ghana Gender officer, Miss Barikisu Iddrisu completed a 3-month practical training in Akomadan in the Ashanti region on the use of greenhouse technology for farming.

One of the major challenges facing agriculture in Ghana is attracting young people to the profession, who are deterred by the outdated farming methods. Greenhouse technology, which is a fast-developing system of vegetable production, seeks to stem the flow of graduates from the sector. The course is intended to equip beneficiaries with hands-on techniques on how to use agro-technology for sustainable farming and as part of the government’s larger plan to train entrepreneurs in agriculture especially the high value end of production; mainly fruits and vegetables to support the development of the sector and the transformation of the economy. The training programme is collaboration between the government of Ghana under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Agritop Ghana, an Israeli company and operators of the greenhouse villages in the country.

The training equipped participants with the knowledge, attitude, practice and skills needed to manage a farm business efficiently. The well-structured curriculum covers: land preparation, nursery management, transplanting, irrigation, fertilization, crop protection, agro-techniques and post-harvest among others. Special emphasis was placed on the production of high-value vegetables like tomato, cucumber and sweet pepper. A certificate was issued after successful completion of the part-theoretical/part-practical program.

According to Barikisu, the 3-month course has changed her mind-set on the concept of farming. She is currently looking for suitable production area and logistics support to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the value end commercial production of organic healthy vegetables with the involvement of women for local employment generation, stable source of income and poverty alleviation.

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Trax Ghana donates start-up Kits to trained artisans

At least 22 artisans trained in various forms of vocational skills in the Talensi and Nabdam districts, received start-up kits and certificates after completing a one-year vocational training at a brief ceremony in Bolgatanga. The training was organized by a local NGO Trax Ghana in partnership with Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR), UK.

The graduates who included young women and men, were trained in various vocational skills such as welding and fabrication, carpentry, seamstress, masonry, shoe making and repairs and auto mechanics

Trax Ghana and TFSR, UK partnership project started in 2007 and was intended to reduce youth unemployment in local communities through skills development training and support that will translate into sustainable jobs, incomes and improved livelihoods. 

The project beneficiaries were first taken through a 5-day training in life skills with focus on HIV/AIDS, STIs, reproductive health, nutrition, peer-counselling, drug and alcohol abuse. They were also trained on entrepreneurial skills including business management, marketing, records keeping, costing and pricing and Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA).

Following the 5-day training, project beneficiaries were attached to well-resourced master craftsperson in various communities for one year intensive vocational training in their area of interest. Present at the presentation ceremony were master craftsperson, graduates, community representatives, Media, Trax Ghana staff and board members.

The director of Trax Ghana, Vincent Subbey admonished the graduates to use the start-up kits judiciously to expand their businesses so as to earn income for improved livelihoods. He also requested from each graduate to recruit at least two apprentices and pass on acquired skills and knowledge in other to create more job opportunities and expand the local economy.

The artisans were grateful to Trax Ghana and TFSR for the immense support extended to them and pledged that the knowledge and skills acquired will be put into good use not only for their benefit but also for the benefit of their local communities.

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Workshop to finalize draft proposals

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.

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Trax-Kavli Scholarships Farm now runs on solar power

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.

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Training farmers in the preparation of Bokashi fertilizer

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Happy International Day of Rural Women!

The 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.

Rural 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.

Happy international Day of Rural Women in Ghana and all over the world, Kudos!!

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Promoting Organic Agriculture

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. 

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Artisans receive training on entrepreneurship and business management

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!.”

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Presentation on field work by UDS practicum students

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!

UDS students with Directors of TUMAM Ghana (extreme left) and Trax Ghana (extreme right)
Group photograph of some participants at the presentation
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