Donation of Items towards 2017 Bolga Municipal Agric. Development Unit Farmers’ Day Celebration

Trax Ghana donates items towards Bolga Municipal Agric. Development Unit 2017 Farmers’ Day Celebration on the theme; “Planting for Food and Jobs”

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Good Agriculture Practices

Ecological bio diverse systems do not just protect bees and pollinators that feed us, they also control pests through a natural pest/predator balance.They support an abundance of natural enemies, which prevent the explosion of pest populations.

However, industrial paradigm of knowledge and agriculture, pest control is a matter of war. Over the past years the farmers at (Ndong) Nadam district in the Upper East Region who are dry season gardeners have witnessed a drastic increased in the use of pesticides that have their origins in the chemical warfare. Pesticides have devastated the ecosystem and to friendly pollinators and health status of farmers. But pesticides do not control pest, rather, they create them.

Pest increase with the application of pesticide because beneficial species are killed and pest become resistant to chemicals. This is a very serious challenge to Mr. Lamsing Tii farm at Ndong  who cultivated with aphids and white flies. He tried all the cocktails of pesticide to no avail.

 

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A follow-up training on wood-ash / Soap preparation was carried out to solve pest invasion by the auspices of Trax Ghana/CAOF collaboration. Participants of 45- 15 females and 30 males appreciated the facilitators for a timely training that will solve their main headache as far as the pest issues are concerned.

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Training on composting

Trax Ghana organised training on composting for smallholder farmers and CAOF members in the Upper East Region.

The objective of Trax is to  change the paradigm of industrial agriculture to another new emerging paradigm, one that maintains continuity with time,honored ways of working together with nature and is governed by the law of returns.

The aim of this training is to disseminate suitable technologies to develop a healthy and safe product for use as fertilizer for smallholder farmers. The training presents the vision of CAOF and its collaborator regarding agriculture. High and sustainable production while conserving resources, reducing negative impact on the environment and enhancing natural capital and provision of ecosystem services.

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Regenerative Agriculture and Bio fertilizer

Trax Ghana and 12 countries making a total of 58 participants of both males and females were invited to be trained on regenerative agriculture and Bio fertilizer.This is to enable the countries on organic farming focused on the development of bio fertilizers.

The training took place at SACDEP Training Centre in Thika Kenya, East Africa from 3rd to 7th  October, 2017. The trainer was Jairo Restrepo, a renowned scientist, organic farmer, activist for smallholder farmers and teacher. Many local and international NGO were represented.

The  12 Africa countries that took part include; Ghana, Malawi,  Senegal, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania,Togo, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Mali.

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Shea Butter Processing Plant

Tree aid Ghana have handed over a Shea Butter Processing machine to Pelungu Village Tree Enterprise Groups.

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Waaw!!! Trax has done it again. This is so amazing,the Kavli farm has been completed.

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Using Women’s Empowerment to Change Lives: Support Our New Campaign

Trax believe the route to successful development is through empowerment and gender equality. Today we are launching a campaign to support 600 women in northern Ghana by empowering them to take ownership of their finances and decisions.

These women in Chitilung want to start a VSLA but need support from Trax

In the northern regions of Ghana, traditional cultural practices follow a patriarchal structure, allowing women and girls few rights. Women do not have rights to own land or property and have less access to education, healthcare, good nutrition, or income. Typically, despite doing more than half of on-farm labour, women do not have ownership of the crop yield or income raised from the farm. Often, women’s opinions are not valued and their decisions are not accepted. Traditionally, women have little agency to affect change in their households, communities, or through advocacy to the local governmental administration. All of this together means that women in the north are the most marginalised population group in Ghana, they are the most likely to live in extreme poverty and are the most likely to be illiterate.

Overcoming Marginalisation through Village Savings and Loans Associations

One initiative which offers women opportunities to increase their rights, ownership, and agency is Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs). You can read about what a VSLA is here. In recent years Trax have supported dozens of women’s groups to establish VSLAs and the great success of these groups have resulted in VSLAs becoming very popular. Trax have received high demand from women to support them to establish a VSLA in their community which has resulted in this project.

Madam Comfort, chairlady of a VSLA group with a part of the group’s savings

During this project, Trax will support 20 women’s groups in Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District to establish VSLAs. The project will provide each group with four days of training on how the VSLA functions, the management of the VSLA, and how to prepare the constitution for their VSLA. This training includes basic record-keeping so that the number of shares bought by each member each week is recorded in their personal Passbook, which is normally done using an ink stamp for each share bought.

Added Value through Enterprise Development

Most of the women who will be beneficiaries of this project are illiterate and have had very little formal education. In many cases, women who establish their own business by trading a product will not have the knowledge of how to manage the business to ensure an adequate profit. Due to illiteracy and innumeracy, many women cannot keep records of their costs and income. In some cases, this has resulted in women spending more on their business than they receive in income, meaning they are running at a loss instead of turning a profit for their livelihood.

Women celebrate the share out of their VSLA

We know that most women who are members of a VSLA use some or all of their savings to invest in their income-generating activities, such as petty trading or processing of raw materials for sale. Trax want to ensure that the women we support through VSLAs have the capacity to use their savings to effectively increase their incomes and develop pathways out of poverty. As such, in this project we will complement the establishment of VSLAs with additional training and support on enterprise development.

Soon after the VSLAs are established, Trax will provide an additional four days of training to each group of women to develop their skills and knowledge on enterprise management. The training will take the women through business management skills, including how to manage the business itself, keeping records of their finances, how to keep stock of the products they sell, how to invest back into the business, and how to make profit and to save income. After the training, each group will be supported by Trax field staff for one year.

Cost-Effective Development

This project will support 600 women for one year. Through the empowerment and increased income initiated during the year’s project, the changes are sustainable and will continue to enhance empowerment and reduce poverty for years to come. The project will also have beneficial impacts for the households of the women beneficiaries and the wider community.

The long-term and wide-reaching benefits of this project are worthwhile and necessary. Yet, thanks to economies of scale and working with groups of women instead of individuals, this project will cost only US$23 per beneficiary. It is expected that each woman will increase their income by more than $23 in just the first year, as well as saving much more than this to invest back into their families and businesses for years to come. This makes the project extremely cost-effective and the potential social and financial return on investment is huge!

Please support these marginalised women to take control of their finances and manage their businesses, reducing poverty and increasing gender equality. You can donate to this project here. Thank you!

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