International Eco Partnership
OPERATION FEED YOURSELVES
Promoting a healthy cultural interdependency through
Arts and Agriculture
Friends of Wumenu Community Farm, a registered Scottish charity (Scottish charity No: SC037724) providing skills and resources to support sustainable agricultural practices in rural Ghana (West Africa).
Although there has been a substantial overall decline in the incidence of poverty in Ghana, poverty still has a firm grip on rural areas like the village of Wumenu, situated 8 miles from Ho, capital of the Volta Region.
This region is amongst the poorest parts of Ghana where chronic food insecurity is widespread and livelihoods are more vulnerable. The regions inhabitants have limited access to basic social services, safe water, roads that are accessible year round, and electricity and telephone services.
Poverty is most severe among food crop farmers, who are mainly traditional small-scale producers. About six in ten small-scale farmers are poor, and many are women. Women bear heavy workloads. In addition to their domestic chores, they are responsible for about 60 per cent of agricultural production. More than half the women who head households in rural areas are among the poorest 20 per cent of the population.
Low productivity and poorly functioning markets for agricultural outputs are among the main causes of rural poverty. Small-scale farmers lack the technologies and inputs, such as fertilizer and improved seed that would increase yields. Population pressure leads to shorter fallow periods or even continuous cultivation in the densely inhabited areas causing soil erosion and loss of fertility.
Only a small proportion of farmers have access to irrigation. Land ownership and land security are regulated by complex systems that vary widely. Many farmers lack rural infrastructure and equipment for storing, processing and marketing their products.
In order to overcome their vulnerability and food insecurity, poor rural populations need help in sustainably increasing their incomes. Through our recycle and reuse programme, Recycle for Life, Friends of Wumenu Community Farm is striving to provide rural populations with physical capital to start sustainable small scale enterprises which lead to job creation and enhance quality of life. Young qualified technicians repair and refurbish discarded electrical goods and sell them within the community to earn their livelihoods, aspiring fashion designers and seamstresses repair old clothing and sell them at affordable prices, and local farmers have access to high-quality tools and other farming equipment which enable them to improve their efficiency and hence their crop yield.
In addition, through our seeds and plantation programme, Eco-partnerships, we provide high-quality seeds that result in vegetable gardens to help improve the diets of the children who would usually only receive a nutritionally poor meal; and fruit trees that add to the dietary needs of the children,
Currently, our greatest need is for funding towards the costs of sending a 40-ft purchased container to Wumenu, filled with donated tools and implements, farm equipment (including a tractor), sewing machines, and other household goods
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHIEF GIFT AMU – LOGOTSE & FRIENDS OF WUMENU COMMUNITY FARM
|We welcome schools willing to work in partnership with our community development project based at the Wumenu village in the Volta region of Ghana.Our project is designed to introduce pupils or students to the benefits of charitable giving.
It provides participants the opportunity to participate in health global interdependency for
the common good. Knowing that the tropical fruits and vegetables grow today in the tropics
will one day find their way back as raw materials , creating jobs, food , juice supporting
supermarkets and shop through trading .All donations will directly go to the community development Project :The project will work well as part of Africa week or a short whole school Mini Residency at no extra cost to the school willing to help with the fundraising effort or activities to help finance the project of their choice.
We recommend that your schools Ambassadors aim to fund raise as little as possible or as much as you can in aid of your choice of .
Scotland Projects (Educational Entertainment with the Arts )
Participating Schools in the UK could choose any of our creative Arts activities
The workshops are free to participating school in our tropical tree planting project. Tropical fruits and vegetables grow today in the tropics will one day find their way back as raw materials , jobs and food and juice through our local shops and supermarkets and shop in non tropical Regions of the world.
The project will work well as part of Africa week or a short whole school Mini Residency at no extra cost to the school willing to help with the fundraising effort or activities to help finance the project of their choice.
Sponsorship activity available in Ghana. (Community Farming Development with the Arts
We recommend that your schools Ambassadors aim to fund raise as little as possible or as much as you can in aid of your choice
To find out more about becoming a Social Enterprise school, Eco Partner :
By : Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Wumenu Community Farm Charity SCO37724
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