Agrihouse Foundation with funding from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has supported 300 vulnerable smallholder women farmers in the Upper West Region to own backyard gardens under the 1 Household, 1 Garden project.
The final phase of the 1H1G initiative covered five Districts of the Upper West Region, namely Nadowli/Kaleo, Daffiama Bussie Issa (DBI), Wa East, Sisaala East and West Districts.
Under the initiative, 300 beneficiaries were trained in backyard farming and organic compost preparation. The beneficiaries also received vegetable seedlings, seeds, gardening tools, organic fertilizers, and pesticides.
According to the Sissaala East Municipal Crop Officer Mr. Emmanuel Aquitey, the 1H1G came as a relief to the smallholder farmers and will help make them food secured and as well improve their income.
On her part, Sissaala West District Director, Andimwini Esther Bahinuba said the 1H 1G will serve as an alternative livelihood for women, especially during the off-farming season. She used the opportunity and thanked Agrihouse Foundation, AGRA and its partners for their support.
Meanwhile, on behalf of the beneficiaries in the Sisaala West District, Madam Zenkaa Phidilia opined that, the 1H 1G initiative training has been very detailed and understanding for them. This she said, will help in the proper implementation of the project.
Whiles thanking the donor Agencies, she assured them that the start-up kids gifted them will be used for the intended purpose.
Deika Ajawaria another beneficiary in the Sisaala East District, express her profound gratitude for the support given to them, adding this will help develop the interest of young women in backyard farming.
The project targets 17 districts in the Northern, North East, Upper West and Upper East Regions of Ghana. It will train 2,000 households and 10 public schools in Ghana aimed at boosting local food production, mitigating the adverse impacts of current global food shocks and food price volatilities, and enhancing household food and nutrition security.
Founded in 2006, AGRA is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives.
As the sector that employs the majority of Africa’s people, nearly all of them small-scale farmers, AGRA recognizes that developing smallholder agriculture into a productive, efficient, and sustainable system is essential to ensuring food security, lifting millions out of poverty, and driving equitable growth across the continent.
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About Agrihouse Foundation:
Agrihouse is a non-governmental agricultural social impact, capacity building, innovation, and project management organization with a special focus on changing the perception of, and consciously shaping the conversation on agriculture through the promotion of people-impact initiatives and programs for students, women, farmers, farming associations, agribusinesses and the entire actors within the value chain. With a combined effort and experience spanning over 30 years, the team is passionate about positioning agriculture development through smart thinking, effective communication, and impactful Agric-friendly projects.
By: Salifu Wononuo.
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