It's hard to be entrepreneurial and innovative when you don't know where your next meal is coming from. Food security means not having to worry about being hungry so you can concentrate on other things like your schooling and your job.
At FOA tackling food security has been one of our main goals and one of our major successes. We've done this by teaching the community about nutrition and by enabling them to grow their own food by supplying them with the tools and information they need to be successful farmers.
School & Community Garden Projects
In 2017 we worked with our donors and Adaklu-Dawanu's teachers and students to create a school garden. The children were learning about plants and agriculture so why not put their education into practice. The children loved the idea and were such avid gardeners that their first harvest greatly exceeded everyone's expectations. Headmistress Stella Dzifa-Kudah wrote:
The School Garden was so successful that Chief Lablulu granted us a large plot of land to expand into a community garden. A project started for and by the children is now feeding the community as well as providing some financial security.
Cassava and MaizeFarming Project
Adaklu-Dawanu's Farm Project is FOA's pride and joy. It grew out of the success of the School and Community Gardens. 35 village women saw the quality and quantity of vegetables grown in the gardens and realized they could take this idea further, so they asked FOA's Local Representative, Stella Kudah, to help them get started. Stella arranged meetings with advisors from the Ministry of Agriculture, M$B Seeds, and the Root and Tuber Improvement Program. The women also worked with agents from the gari production and distribution centre who agreed to purchase the women's crops and help them sort out problems in production and distribution.
The cooperative selected 5 women to be FOA's first cassava and maize pioneers and, after finding sponsors, the project was underway. All the women agreed to help and support each other to ensure the success of the farms. They worked together on each other's farms, experimenting and learning as they went. And FOA was right there helping and learning along with them.
Want to support a Cassava Pioneer?
Your donation of $600 CDN, $455 USD, or 410 Euros can feed a family forever.
When you donate a Cassava Pioneer receives:
- 1 acre of land
- clearing and ploughing of land
- preparation of soil
- high quality tubers and seeds
- sprayer and pesticide
- farming tools
- rubber boots
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