Trax Ghana seed system is based on a revolving seed supply with an inbuilt interest-generation mechanism on seed loan. The system provides farmers with a fallback mechanism and has enables them to be more seed secure and this has contributed positively to sustainability in project areas.
As part of the initiative, twenty farmers, all women at Kabusgo project zone in the Bongo District, Upper East region of Ghana, were each given 25kg of groundnut seed to sow during the cropping season in June 2014. After the harvest, each farmer pay back 30kg which was distributed among 24 new farmers (women) for cultivation during the 2015 cropping season.
The seed system which was made available to 20 beneficiary farmers in 2014 has more than doubled in 2015, enabling a total of 44 women farmers to have easy access to groundnut seed for cultivation during the 2015 cropping season. This sustainable mechanism for production also helps improve soil fertility, food security and household income.