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 Hunger  Ghana Project #29140

Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children

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Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children
Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children
Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children
Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children
Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children
Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children
Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children
Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children
Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children

This year, we had a bumper harvest from our farm in Mawuli School in the Volta region of Ghana. This is due to the hard work and commitment of our partner school, Mawuli School and volunteer students who stayed committed to the goals of the School Farms Program.

On the 11th of September 2018, we welcomed GlobalGiving staff, Emma & Heather to our Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement (ROFLM) office in Ho, Volta region. As part of GlobalGiving's Evaluation Program, our organization has been selected to gain further understanding of GlobalGiving's vision and how to leverage GlobalGiving to raise funds for our project.

Here is our harvest from our school farm in Mawuli School. We harvested beetroot. Beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant. Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate(naturally occurring folic acid). It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants (notably betacyanin). More recent health claims suggest beetroot can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.

On the 30th of August 2018, we harvested these cabbages from our school farm. These were cultivated by our students in Mawuli School.

 A few months ago, we cultivated carrot, cabbage and beetroot and now the cabbage is ready for harvest. Thanks to all those who helped during the volunteerism to work on the farm and in cultivating these crops.

On the 4Th of August 2018, we called for community members to volunteer time to work on Mawuli School Farm as part of our Community Volunteer Day event.

When schools are on vacation, we depend on community members for labour on our farms through our Community Volunteer Day event. Ten (10) community members responded to our call and participated fully. We are grateful for their selfless support. These volunteers are our community builders. We are proud of their commitment.

 

International Youth Day Event:

On 12th of August 2018, marked the 19th United Nations International Youth Day Celebration and the year’s theme was dubbed “safe spaces for the youth”. We used the day to drive home the core message of our project that the youth is a great resource to the development of any nation and it is important to celebrate, appreciate and use this day to call for safe spaces for their development.

We reiterate the need to create safe spaces where they can come together to engage effectively in activities related to their diverse interests and participate in decision-making processes for their growth and development. At school farms, we do not only produce supplementary food crops for school meals but we also use our school farms as safe spaces for experiential learning for agriculture entrepreneurial skills development.

From 20 -21 August 2018, 100s of policymakers, development partners, youth leaders, private sector players, women and youth organizations, civil society organizations, research and academia will gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, for what seems to be FAO’s biggest regional conference on Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to Ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship. Our founder, Alfred Godwin Adjabeng was invited by the Food and Agriculture Organization to participate in this all-important conference.

(Paramount chief with the Executive Director
(Paramount chief with the Executive Director

Sokode Senior High Technical and Tanyigbe Senior High Schools were cofounded by Donors on GlobalGiving, US Embassy in Ghana and Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement to grow organic staple crops, vegetables and fruits. The school farms provided a space for experiential learning for agriculture entrepreneurial skills acquisition through our Agriculture Skills Development Program for rural young people.

Our project received the support of Sokode and Tanyigbe traditional councils, who supported with the provisioning of land. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture-Ho Municipal provided technical and extension service for the project. A local Non-governmental organization, Associates for Rural Sustainable Development (ASRuD) and Agriseed, a local seed and agriculture input company also provided various support ranging from advisory to subsidize seed supply for the project.

We cultivated organic vegetable (Cabbage, lettuce, Gboma, okra and garden egg), staple crops (Cassava, maize and cowpea), and some fruits (Watermelon and pawpaw). The school farm is also used as experiential learning space for knowledge and skills acquisition.

 

School Farms project is implemented by Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement (ROFLM) with the assistance of local public & private stakeholders and the local community in which the project is been implemented.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture-Ho Municipal provides technical and extension service for the project. Associates for Rural Sustainable Development (ASRuD), a local Non-governmental organization provided technical expertise and Agriseed, a local agriculture input company also provided various support ranging from advisory to subsidize seed supply for the project. The two communities (Tanyigbe and Sokode) provide land for the project. The project was co-monitored and evaluated by all the stakeholders.

Project Progress Update:

On the 19th of November, 2017, the Paramount Chief of Sokode Traditional Area, Togbe Fia Korku III released 10 acres of land close to a river source for Sokode Senior High Technical School's irrigated school farm project.

 

On the 15th of December, 2017, we began our vegetable nursery with support from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Extension unit at the Ho Municipal office and Associate for Sustainable Rural Development (ASRuD).

On the 17th of January, 2018 drip irrigation technologies were set up on the project site. Students of Sokode Senior High Technical School were engaged for the purpose of skills acquisition.

On the 19th of January, 2018, we welcomed students from Sokode Senior High School to our nursery site to witness the progress of seedlings and learn the culture practices associated to the stage of production. Together with the students, we performed tinning out, removal of weeds, watering and preparation of field for transplanting. These activities where performed hands-on by students with technical guidelines from our partners.

 

On the 23rd of January, 2018, our student volunteers were engaged to transplant seedlings (cabbage, lettuce, garden egg, green pepper, gboma) to its permanent site. We planted okra and carrot. It's 100 per cent organic farm.

On the 15th of March, 2018, we Had our first harvest from our Sokode Senior High Technical School-school farm. We harvested organic Solanum macrocarpon (African eggplant also called Gboma).

 

Challenges and Lesson Learned:

The project is progressing steadily. The 50 per cent of produce from the farm has been used as a complementary food crop for school meals. Due to the demand for constant monitoring and most importantly, management of the farm, our limited staff is unable to do this efficiently.

The project is yet to kick start in Tanyigbe Senior High School in the first week of June. We could not run this two projects at different locations simultaneously. Due to the high demand for our project, we are in the process of developing School Farms Model toolkit that will be used by schools to develop their our school farms.

Students volunteering on the farm
Students volunteering on the farm
Students volunteering on the farm
Students volunteering on the farm
community volunteers
community volunteers
Students volunteering on the farm
Students volunteering on the farm
Students volunteering on the farm
Students volunteering on the farm

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Volunteer Students helping on the farm.
Volunteer Students helping on the farm.

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With some staff of Sokode Senior Technical School
With some staff of Sokode Senior Technical School

WHO WE ARE

School Farms is a rural community-based school feeding support program that empowers local community schools to grow their own food whilst creating a space to help students gain practical skills and explore opportunities in Agriculture.

Community schools are increasingly faced with the challenge of funding school meals due to limited government support, a rise in food cost and market failures. School Farms seeks to ensure the availability, utilization and access to school meals. It recognizes the link between education, nutrition and skill development and is improving access to all.

School Farms

Community schools are supported to grow their own organic food. School Farms prioritizes the growing of staple crops, vegetables and fruits. School Farms provides a cost-effective and sustainable solution to school meals.

School Meals

With produce from the farm, schoolchildren are offered a sustainable in-school nutritious meal for healthy growth and mental development. School Meals increases school attendance, retention and active teaching and learning activities in schools by more than 25 percent.

Agriculture Skills Development for Young People

We empower young people to perceive agriculture as a remunerative and prestigious profession and to find meaningful economic opportunities and attractive environments in rural areas. We link our Farms to Skills development through experiential learning. Our Agriculture Skills Development Manual provides a comprehensive, practical, relevant and fit for purpose knowledge for Agriculture skills acquisition and entrepreneurship.

About Organisation

Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement (ROFLM) supports community Senior High Schools to ensure the availability, utilisation and access to in-school meals by helping these schools grow their own food. We currently in piloting our project in Savelugu Senior High School in the Northern region, Lassia-Tuolu Senior High School in Upper West and Sokode and Tanyigbe Senior High Schools in the Volta region. Due to our project, there has been 60 percent reduction in the feeding budget of these schools and more than 40 percent increase in school attendance, retention and interest.

Our four (4) Senior High Schools use these farms in the teaching and learning of Agricultural Science. This has boost the interest of students in Agricultural Science and has made the teaching and learning of this subject efficient and effective. We have established School Farms Club, a peer-to-peer mentoring and skills development program that engages students in practical skills acquisition in agriculture. Our School Farm Clubs have a membership of more than 500. The success of our School Farms Clubs called for the development of a more holistic Agriculture Skills Development Program for these young people.

Agriculture, directly and indirectly, employs more than 70 percent of Ghanaians. More than 80 percent of this comprises of the aged population. Young people have the largest population globally and unemployed or underemployed despite opportunities in agriculture. This is a threat to food security in the near future. Young people are the future of food security. Yet around the world, few young people see a future for themselves in agriculture or rural areas.

More than thirty (30) percent of Senior High School graduates do not continue for post-secondary education. Yet the Senior High School curriculum does not offer skill-oriented programs that will offer the opportunity for this 30 percent to gain either employable or entrepreneurial skills. This challenge is a major contribution to youth unemployment.

What is the proposed solution to the problem(s) identified?

A joint study undertaken by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in 2014 on Youth and Agriculture-Key Challenges and Concrete solutions, identified that ‘young people do not perceive agriculture as a remunerative and prestigious profession and until they find meaningful economic opportunities and attractive environments in rural areas, they will continue to migrate to cities’.

Base on this study, and the demand for Agriculture Skills Development at the Senior High School level, we have considered the development of an Agriculture Skills Development Program, an innovative program that links the farms to agriculture skills development through experiential learning. To achieve this, students will be requested to signed-up for the Agriculture Skills Development Program through the School Farms Club. This program will develop an Agriculture Skills Development Manual to be used for the training.

The Manual will contain training modules that will appeal to young people and engages their interest for the purpose of skills development. Some examples of the models are; Agribusiness(Introduction to agribusiness management, Registering your business, Business name check and registration, Protect products, ideas and branding , Startup development and Canvas, Agricultural economics: importance and basic principles, Business Diagnostics Analysis, Marketing and Value addition, Public Private Partnership, Processing of agricultural product, Agriculture product business etc. ), Agriculture Value Chain, Smart Climate Agriculture, Access to Land, Access to Market, Access to Finance, Modern Methods of Agriculture, ICT in Agriculture, Agriculture Insurance, Confidence for Agripreneurs etc. This Manual will be developed in collaboration with Ho Technical University’s Agro-Enterprise Development Department and Ghana Education Service’s Agricultural Science Unit.

We also develop a mentoring program that is based on mentor-mentee relationship building for experience sharing and skills development. Students (mentees) will be matched with local Agripreneurs (mentors) for the purpose of skills development and knowledge acquisition. Students will be encouraged to undertake independent agriculture projects during school vacation to enter into School Farms’ Best Student Famer Award Program.

How would you carry out the proposed activities?

Our Agriculture Skills Development Program for Senior High Schools will be made up of School Farms Club, an Agriculture Skills Development Manual for Senior High Schools, Agro-Mentoring program, an incubation program and Best Student Farmer Award. We will link our farms to agriculture skills development through experiential learning.

The Agriculture Skills Development Manual will be developed in collaboration with the Ho Technical University’s Agro-Enterprise Development Department and Ghana Education Service’s Agricultural Science Unit. This Manual will be used for training and practical agriculture lessons. The Agriculture Skills Development Program for Senior High Schools will be practical, comprehensive, and relevant and fit for purpose.

Schoolchildren will be offered the opportunity to gain practical agricultural skills for future prosperity. To achieve this, schoolchildren signup to School Farms Club for training and mentoring and an opportunity to undertake an independent agriculture project for the Best Student Famer Award.

What is expected final result of the proposed solution?

The more than 30 percent students who may not have the opportunity to enrol for a post-secondary education will gain entrepreneur skills and employable skills for livelihood. The Agriculture Skills Development Program will empower young people with skills to aspire for opportunities in the Agricultural sector. This will eventually reduce the unemployment rate and also encourage more young people to move to the rural sector for Agriculture development.

What measures will you take to ensure the lasting effect of the support on your organisation?

Our School Farms in the various schools has a percentage of produce that is sold and the revenue generated is used to ensure the sustainability of the project. 60 percent of that revenue will be used to manage the Agriculture Skills Development Program.

We offer consultancy services to institutions interested in investing in Agriculture. 40 percent of the revenue generated will be used to support the Agriculture Skills Development Program’s sustainability. We are open up for collaboration with the public and private sector to ensure there is continuous support for our project.  Our models are innovative and attractive to receive support, also due to its stakeholder approach to solving the challenge of Agriculture Skills Development at the secondary level.

Update on Project:

ROFLM has acquired 10 acres of land from Tanyigbe and Sokode Traditional Council for its project. 

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School Farms Volunteers on Farmers Day Celebration
School Farms Volunteers on Farmers Day Celebration
Paramount Chief-Sokode released 10 acres of land.
Paramount Chief-Sokode released 10 acres of land.

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Location: HO, Volta region - Ghana
Website: http:/​/​www.schoolfarms.org/​
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Twitter: @_roflm
Project Leader:
Alfred Adjabeng
Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement
Ho, Volta Region Ghana
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