PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT AND LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT
Dynamic Agro Forestry
The Dynamic Agro Forestry (DAF) Project was commenced by KKFU in partnership with Eco Top, an organization based in Germany and Chocolats Halba, Switzerland in March, 2016. The objectives of the project are to;
This project is currently functioning in three zones namely: Nkawie, Alavanyo and Adumakase in Sankore Society in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana on a pilot basis and anticipated to be scaled up to other Kuapa Kokoo Communities at the end of the pilot.
The main activities under the project are;
- Training and field installation of new cocoa farms through planting of food crops as well as timber trees without burning.
- Rehabilitation, pruning and Timber trees planting in old cocoa farms.
The Dynamic Agro Forestry Project is designed to ensure that people and cocoa are able to mutually exist in the same environment through a farmer centered sustainable farming system.
Some major achievements of this project are;
- Livelihood improvement of beneficiaries through reduction in cost of weeding, agro chemical inputs usage, and increased in crop productivity.
- Dynamic agro-forestry techniques have been fully adopted by the lead farmers.
Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Programme (CORIP) started in 2013. The project is funded by the Dutch Embassy, Swiss Embassy, IDH and Companies (Implementing Companies Co-funding 50% ).The project focuses on establishing Rural Service Centres which aims at improving productivity, Making service delivery more efficient, Developing business cases, Promoting Climate-Smart agriculture , Food Security and Gender Equality.
KKFU and its UK partner TWIN implemented the project in two (2) societies namely Wasa Akropong and Dadieso in the Western Region of Ghana in 2015. These two societies are very productive cocoa growing areas with a total of Sixty (60) zones and membership of four thousand and twenty seven (4,027). The project was to enable Kuapa Kokoo to test a new business model to deliver a range of services from decentralized hubs located within close proximity of Kuapa farmer members and to measure the impact this has on productivity and loyalty.
Kuapa Kokoo through the CORIP project delivers these core services to its farmer members;
- Agricultural extension services focused on Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) and Good Environmental Practices (GEP), Cocoa Farm Rehabilitation, soil fertility and management, integrated pest and disease management.
- Sales and supply of plant materials
- Sale and supply of agro-inputs
- Farmer training and capacity building on Farm business management and Organisation.
- Internal Control Systems and certification support services
- Crop buying services
- Mapping and Land title documentation
The project established two (2) Rural Service Centres (RSC’s) in Wasa Akropong and Dadieso to deliver services to a minimum of 2000 farmers each. The CORIP project has built farmer capacity through the use of lead farmers and RSC staff. The project has set up 3 soil fertility and crop stacking demonstrations fields, 4 rehabilitation fields and 26 Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) plots. These fields undergo the application of various treatments, all of which are meant to increase productivity. The average yield obtained from the field trials per acre is between 6 and 11 bags for the first year of treatment application. The project has supplied farmers with 1000 tree seedlings (Emire, Ofram, and Mansonia) and 200 fruit tree (Orange, Coconut, Avocado pear).
Wasa Akropong has raised 6000 cocoa seedlings to support the demonstration fields and assist farmers. Whiles Dadieso with the support of Ghana Cocoa Board’s Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED), distributed 7000 seedlings to 10 selected lead farmers including the refilling of four trial plots.
Currently, the two rural service centers at Dadieso and Wasa Akropong have installed solar power to serve as a source of electricity. The centers have been resourced with inputs worth GHC 30,000.00, 2-tricycles, 2 Chain Saws, 2- Projectors, 2 cameras and pruners, 6 tablets, 4 GPS machines and 4 Power banks to assist the centers in providing sustainable services to farmers within the societies and to make the centers financially sustainable.
Farm mapping has been a key component of the project. Project partners, KKFU, Twin and Land Map conducted a farm mapping exercise for members within the two societies. In all 2,478 farms have been mapped belonging to 1,973 farmers. Out of the parcels mapped, 924 farm seals were requested by farmers who wanted titles to their farm lands. A total of 150 farm seals were delivered as at May, 2017. The RSC staff have been trained to continue with the mapping of remaining farms as the contract between KKFU and Land Map on the mapping exercise expired in March 2017.
In conclusion, this project aims to achieve a cocoa production system where farmers are able to farm without burning which is environmentally sustainable and lead to income improvement and climate change mitigation.