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Rural Organization of Women Farmers and Agro-Processing Development (ROWFAD)

African Connections Ghana Limited (AC) has been engaged by the Rural Organization of Women Farmers and Agro-Processing Development (ROWFAD) to provide technical assistance to enable members to improve their productivity levels, access markets and grow incomes.

ROWFAD is made up of a number of over 750 farmers and 30 Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs). ROWAD is based in Bugubelle in the Sissala East District of the Upper West Region of Ghana.

The two-year project began in March 2012 and will continue to February 2014.

AC will design and implement programmes to strengthen agricultural production, improve farmers’ management skills and increase members’ access to credit and markets.

Ultimately, the project will build the capacity and develop ROWFAD into a sustainable and self-reliant organization.

African Connections key tasks include:

  • Assess the operational activities of ROWAD;
  • Reorganize existing FBOs to ensure effective delivery of services;
  • Ensure that FBOs are registered with the appropriate agencies;
  • Provide training to ROWAD members on group dynamics and record keeping;
  • Provide training to ROWAD members on farming business skills ;
  • Train members to adopt best agricultural practices;
  • Build FBOs capacity to integrate into existing and new reliable markets;
  • Build FBOs capacity to produce to meet market specifications; and
  • Train FBOs on how to network and lobby to advance objectives.

MMDA Local Economic Development-Agricultural Growth Initiatives

African Connections Ghana Limited has partnered with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to promote local economic development through sustainable agriculture in Ghana.

To this end, AC has been engaged by several Municipal/District Assemblies to design and implement market-driven agricultural initiatives covering citrus, pineapple and oil palm production in the Central Region.

These projects seek to assist small holder farmers to transition into competitive and profitable farming.

AC will facilitate group formation and teach participating FBOs best farming practices to meet market specifications and international standards; link them to markets and integrate them into existing value chains.

African Connections activities include:

  • Assess local agricultural competitive advantages and design suitable agricultural initiatives for the MMDA;
  • Organize selected farmers into Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) in order to build "economies of scale”;
  • Register FBOs with the District Assembly;
  • Train FBOs to adopt best farming practices in order to produce citrus, pineapple and oil palm to meet market specifications and Global GAP standards;
  • Link FBOs to the existing value chain to ensure high productivity and effectiveness in their farming activities;
  • Facilitate and coordinate FBOs harvesting and delivery of produce to local buyers; and
  • Link qualified farmers to identified sources of microfinance such as Rural Banks etc.