By public subscription, your subscriptions, I have completed my three months of voluntary service in Ghana.
Thanks to your generous support for my ‘Out to Africa’ and ‘FaceBook musical challenge’ appeals, much, much, much … has been accomplished. I want to share it here with you and let you all know what you have really contributed to, for it wasn’t ‘me’, it was for the hope and direct development of real people with real fear and loathings …. real need and, in the end: real gratitude, that I am asked to pass on.
I’m going to lay it out as a simple list for ease of speedy reading – I’ll follow up with some pictures and minuté in later blogs.
As an overarching instrument I created a named initiative under the ‘INCOME’ and ‘Procom’ projects of the Ghanian NGO TradeAid, namely: “Procom Organic Vegetable Initiative” (POVI)
My role and aims were to educate and assist local farmers into organic farming methods and transitions ; the main reasons, simply stated,
- increase income, and thus abrogate poverty
- desist in detrimental and polluting activities with over use of costly synthetic farming chemicals
In three months I have, (but not without assistance):
- set up two small test farms
- conducted more than 20 ‘Farmer Field-school’ trainings – reaching four separate communities, thereby touching up-to 100 farming families, possibly as many as 400-450 individuals by DIRECT INTERVENTION.Delivery of key components by practical demonstration:
- Natural and ‘fast’ composting methodologies
- large volume composting pit methods
- soil building
- crop-specific compost and soil adjustment
- non-chemical integrated pest management and
- natural liquid pesticide manufacture and application
- design, overseeing and monitoring of 6 large scale, triple pit composting chambers for the manufacture of up-to 3.000 liters per chamber-set per season of mature compost
- manufacture of three free-standing compost ‘cubes’
- membership and contribution to CAOF, an upper-east region organic farming coalition
- production and sharing of more than 25 self-penned locally-aimed illustrated training documents, with the commencement of some translated into local dialect and language
- outreach and community liaison
- 4 detailed training films
- all work photographically and film recorded and shared
- creation of ‘dropboxes’ and web-sites and facebook pages
POVI farmers are: Anti Agri-Chem, Anti poison and Pollution, we are: ‘Forward and Towards Organacism’
Towards a cleaner, healthier, more valuable, non-polluting cropping methodology
Towards greater soil health, fertility and productivity
Towards a new ‘ethical’, sustainable farming practice
Towards a more fullfilling working practice for jobbing farmers
Towards greater and better quality yields for enhanced income, therefore: greater food security and decresed poverty for farming families.