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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Titus and Asher exploring best farming practices in Northern region

Our project focus is “Farming for Futures” (F4F) which seeks to improve the literacy rates of boys living in West Mamprusi through access to education.

In Nayorku boys are likely to farm instead of go to school; they do this in order to help out with their family farms. Statistics show their attendance is low or they don’t attend at all, consequentially their literacy rates are low. 

Titus and Asher at Gillbt Training centre under our favourite tree

The purpose of F4F is to increase the number of boys in schools and making farming less labour intensive.

Our method is to present the parent farmers with training sessions on recommended farming practices and literature recordings of the training sessions (pictorial leaflets of best farming practices), and also organise further sessions on how to run a sustainable co-operative. The farmers will be working collectively as an interest-group who are committed to returning their children to school, and sharing farming strategies which will improve the livelihoods of all the farmers in the affected community.

Since starting this project, we have worked very quickly and efficiently as a team, we have shared visions for the future of Ghana's agriculture, and with our background in development based studies, this has been really useful as we have been able to use a logical framework approach and other project management tools effectively. We have deliberated and consulted experts on various ways of improving agriculture and reducing the drop-out rates of male students in schools.  

We are also both very interested in the debate between fertilizer and organic farming practices, as well as the debate for genetically engineered seed technology. These are topics of high contention throughout the agriculture sector in Ghana and all of Africa.

We are further inspired by a public lecture delivered by Professor Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic on the topic, Revolution of Food Production: Agricultural Engineering Options for Ghana’s Inclusive Growth. Her presentation covered salient issues of agriculture in Ghana.
After the lecture we realised if the farmers at west Mamprusi district could explore mechanised farming as another method of farming, it will result to the employment of less human labour (labour intensive) in farms therefore, farmers will see no need asking their children especially male child to drop out of school to help on the farm. This will also give the children the opportunity to aspire in their education to become agricultural engineers to sustain mechanised farming by the regular maintenance of the various equipment’s or machines used. 

Therefore the question now is, how are the skills of agricultural engineering made accessible to the local community and will this improve both the Ghanaian agricultural sector and the livelihoods of the farmers?

Titus and Asher

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