The Ghana Permaculture Institute together with its project partner SONED implemented the project named “Poverty reduction through sustainable development in rural areas of Ghana” from September 01, 2014 to March 31, 2018 funded by BMZ Germany. To achieve its objective of contributing to poverty reduction through education and empowerment while improving resource, forest, environmental and climate protection in Ghana, three major measures with their planned workshops were implemented. The measures were 39 green basic workshops, 18 green business workshops and green capacity building measures in which. A total of 791 people have been trained through the workshops. 4600 households in Ghana spanning from Upper East, Upper West, Ashanti, Northern and Volta regions can currently improve their self-sufficiency, income and health status.
In the green
basic workshops, an average of 43 participants were trained in 9 workshops on
awareness creation on environmental topics, 11 workshops on tree nurseries and
seeds provision, 3 workshops on food and nutrition, 13 workshops on compost
making and 11 waste management programs. Measures which were taken on green
business workshops were 27 workshops on Moringa production, 8 dry season
farming, installation of composting system, animal fodder system, 5 beekeeping
workshops, 8 solar irrigation workshops, 3 mushroom growing and substrate
production centre creation which trained an average of 43 participants in those
workshops. On capacity building, the measures implemented were 2 Permaculture
Design courses followed by an advanced permaculture teachers training, 3
advocacy programs on environmental sanitation, a leadership training/Ecovillage
Design Course and three conferences.
In the Green
basic and Green business workshops, we have created demonstration units for
solar irrigation, dry season farming, animal paddock systems, and Moringa
production centres in beneficiary communities. The healthy food and food
sovereignty workshops in communities such as Bolgatanga have empowered such
communities to improve their health with the inclusion of Moringa, a protein
and vitamin dense plant in their diets. A weighted achievement attained through
the capacity building was the creation of women groups who focus to discuss
measures to improve nutritional status within their communities. Three schools
have been involved in preparatory action on seed nurseries at the school’s
level. The solar installations have paved way for communities to continue
production yearlong. The EDE and PDC programs have led to the empowerment of 70
change makers in Ghana and beyond. Other West African countries which are Togo
and Burkina Faso have had access to PDC and teachers trainings through this
project and participants from 10 West African countries participated in the
A 125 sqm
seminar centre and accommodation for up to 50 people has been put up at GPI which
has been the host for at least 20 courses in the project implementation.
Moringa has become a major plant in GPI. It is processed into powder (super
food), dried leaves, oil, cream, shampoo, and ointment which serve several
medicinal and cosmetic purposes and as a nutritional supplement.
project period GPI also started an international school partnership with the
school for adult education in Berlin/Germany. GPI is also participating in an
EU-Erasmus+ project to improve the education for volunteers in the
participating 8 organisations across Africa and Germany.
GPI has also
become financially sustainable through marketing its products on local and
international markets. Local farmers in beneficiary communities do not rely on
conventional farming methods but on permaculture system of farming and they
have food sovereignty and they sell their surplus to improve their economic
Considering the positive impacts made after the project implementations, there has been other challenges that need to be addressed seriously. And mitigating these challenges will contribute to the full sustainability of the project. The need has arisen for GPI to scale up this project by putting up two learning centres in two regions in Ghana (Bediako Krom in Brong Ahafo Region and upper west Region -Wa). We want to organize livelihood empowerment trainings and workshops for farmers, women and young adults on entrepreneurship development, rainwater harvesting, composting, mushroom production, moringa cosmetic, biogas development workshop, tree nursery, dry season farming, aspectof alternative medicines and capacity building training for GPI staff and volunteers that will contribute towards the development and sustainability of this project. This idea was developed after a focus group discussion with the communities and the district assemblies during a follow up exercise by GPI team to identify the outcome of the project.
We the team of GPI want to send our profound gratitude to all the donors who contributed for making this project a success. Many lives have been transformed from scarcity state to abundance through this project. We believe that, this is just the start of a new permaculture world we are creating. We hope you continue to support us to scale up this project to further develop and sustain our grass root people to improve their living standards.
If you like to support our work please send your donation to our fundraising partners account: SONED in Berlin, IBAN: DE53430609678025306601, BIC: GENODEM1GLS codeword: GPI-project.
Following the success of the European Permaculture Convergence in Wicklow earlier this year, Chrisi Blaha has very kindly collated and written up all the information from the event, and this is now published here on the website. You can find the complete EUPC 2018 Harvest report at http://permaculture.ie/eupc-2018/
Just this month: IPCC report on the dire state of our climate and – perhaps more immediate – the weather forecast for the coming 12 years; a report on the dire state of mammal biodiversity; new images of Earth from the far side of the moon.
The first images of Earth rising behind the horizon of the moon during the Apollo 8 mission around Christmas 1968 gave rise to our modern environmental movement and inspired and informed amongst other things the emergence of permaculture.
What will inspire and inform us now to address the challenges of the collapse of biodiversity – largely on the back of the invention of human agriculture, urbanisation and population explosion – and climate, with unsurprisingly the same root causes. Denying the role of humans, doesn’t make it so. And if we aren’t the cause, we will fix it anyway. Right?