Hunger  Ghana Project #29140

Help Provide School Meals for 5000 Children

by REACH OUT TO FUTURE LEADERS MOVEMENT Vetted since 2017
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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REACH OUT TO FUTURE LEADERS MOVEMENT

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