Agriculture is the backbone of human existence and for any civilization to prosper; agriculture has to be healthy and sustainable. As a country, we need to focus on promoting organic agriculture and agricultural practices that provides healthy food for the society and combat climate change by cutting down greenhouse gas emissions.

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Post Project Evaluation

Trax Ghana and Tools for Self Reliance, UK partnership project – Field visits and post project evaluation meeting – also, finalizing discussions on the next artisans project

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Solar Panel arrives on Trax-Kavli Scholarships farm

Trax Norway shipment of solar panels for cheap, green electricity and assorted items for charity finally arrived on the Trax-Kavli scholarships farm located at Kabusgo, Bongo district in the Upper East region.

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University for Development Studies third year B.A Development Education practicum Students; Sarah Frimpomaa and Joshua Kojo Bonzo are gathering data in the Beo-Tankoo community, Bongo District on the designed project “Strengthening resilience of rural farmers, especially women through organic dry season farming”. The women constitute about 77% of the farmers who are into organic vegetable farming in the community using a mechanized borehole as perennial water source.
The aim of the project is to: improve the family nutrition, increase household income through the sale of vegetables in commercial quantities, sustain soil productivity and make farming more drought-resistant and more resilient to extreme events. The field exercise of the practicum students is to engage grassroots actors and collect relevant data to help establish how the organic vegetable farming has contributed to environmental conservation and wellbeing of the farmers, especially women.

interacting with organic vegetable seller
Interacting with organic vegetable buyer
Talking to TUMAM Ghana Director
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Trax Ghana is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working with rural communities in Northern Ghana. We are working to reduce poverty and increase food security through sustainable agricultural and livelihood interventions. We use the principles of agroecological production to support health and sustainable food systems in Northern Ghana.

Over the years, Trax Ghana plays host to both local and international students undertaking research and practicum/internship. Currently, two (2) University for Development Studies (UDS) third year B.A Development Education Students, Sarah Frimpomaa and Joshua Kojo Bonzo are with the organization for nine weeks Practicum/internship starting May  27 to July 26, 2019.

The Practicum is an integral part of the Development Education programme of the UDS which aims at giving hand-on practical skills in lobbying and advocacy, mass mobilization and engagements, community facilitation and training, participatory research and appraisal techniques to students.

As part of their schedule at Trax Ghana, the students will undergo orientation on the organization activities and partnership projects, training in ICT, planning and field work and finally presentation of reports.

ICT training

Planning for field work
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Trax Ghana beekeeping project is aimed at sustainable environmental conservation including tree growing and increase in household income, hence bringing a positive change in the standard and quality of life of beneficiaries.

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Trax Ghana staff carried out composting training for students and teachers of Kavli scholarship schools; St. Luke, Beo-Tankoo and TI Ahmadiyya Junior High Schools in the Bongo district of the Upper East region.

By creating own compost and then using it during planting, households are able to return much-needed nutrients to their fields. This enriches the soil and results in organic food production. All of the locally available materials for composting such as ash, fresh and dried grasses were supplied by students while animal waste, soil, and water came from the Kavli farm where the training was conducted. Participants were taken through techniques of stacking and combining of materials.

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A very big thanks to Felicia and Perdena, our two visiting students on placement from the University for Development Studies, for their presentation on their research during their time with Trax.

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Illegal Miners in Upper East receive entrepreneurial development training

By Anthony Apubeo, GNA

Bolgatanga, May 11, GNA – Trax Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operating in Bolgatanga, has supported some youth in selected mining communities in two districts in the Upper East Region with artisan and craftsmanship training.

The project which was on the theme “Tools for Self-Reliance Entrepreneurship and Life Skills Training” and had its funding from Tools for Self-Reliance (TFSR), UK, an NGO, drew the participants from the Pelungu community in the Nabdam District, Duusi and Gbani communities in the Talensi District.

They would be equipped with knowledge in trade fields including; carpentry, masonry, dress-making, blacksmithing, shoe making/repairs, motorbike repairs, electrical works and bicycle repairs.

Trax Ghana, which operates in the Upper East and the Northern Regions and other regions in the country organised the five-day training as part of its programme known as “Preventing illegal gold mining by supporting self-reliance through artisanship and craftsmanship”

The beneficiaries would be attached to master craftsmen and artisan in the above mentioned trades and undergo twelve months of intensive training in their respective fields to gain in-depth practical experiences.

The initiative, which is also aimed at minimising the damage illegal mining caused to the environment, apprenticeship fee, tools kits and start-up capital with low loans interest to the beneficiaries to start their own businesses when they complete the training.

Speaking at the inauguration of the programme in Bolgatanga, Mr Vincent Subbey, the Director of Trax Ghana commended the participants for patronising the intervention and said the training was part of strategies to re-orient and re-equip illegal miners to learn some trade and avoid engaging in illegal mining business.

While encouraging the youth to take the training seriously to enable them acquire employable skills and knowledge to improve upon their livelihoods and their families, the Director said the project would save them from the dangers associated with illegal small scale mining activities.

The business and life skills training for the youth which is considering the first set of participants, focused on areas including; business management, record keeping, savings culture, through the Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), and how to live in good health to help prevent the spread of   HIV/AIDS and STIs.


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Illegal Miners in Upper East receive entrepreneurial development training

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