Agriculture Training

Just Hope’s employees in Ghana —David DyerCollins Pippim, Derrick Kwaa and David Opoku-ababio — are  building relationships with farmers in local communities, partnering with them as they explore agricultural techniques that are new to them, but have the potential to improve yields and increase their household income.

The Just Hope team is also working with Sesa Mu Farmers’ Initiative, a group of local students from Ashesi University, on a farm plot where they test and demonstrate sustainable conservation agriculture techniques with local farmers.

 

Current Needs

“Excitement” has been the main word used to describe nearly everything that’s going on in Ghana as of late. Savings Group members are seeing excellent results and conservation agriculture methods are making strides in the communities. We give God all the glory for this success, and thank him for the blessings He has given community members and Just Hope Field Officers. We pray that plots and groups continue to flourish, and that the groups maintain a positive outlook even when challenges arise throughout the season.

The Nukware Savings Group in Ghana completed their first annual cycle this past week, with 29 members receiving their share of the social fund at a 17% return on investment. The first cycle was challenging for this group, as they had six loans default. Though the group is pleased with their results, they still need support from Just Hope Field Officers, and we pray that they will not be discouraged. As they begin a second cycle of saving and loaning, we ask God to grant them wisdom as they make decisions about allocating loans.

Savings Groups in Ghana are showing fantastic results in growing their financial capacity. One in particular, the Odo group from Yaw Edipa, gave nine loans totaling $1,325 during their monthly loan meeting. Though the amount doesn’t seem like much, consider that the average wage in Ghana is less than $4 per day – this truly shows the “impact that lasts” on farmers, families and local entrepreneurs. We thank God for the success of this opportunity and ask Him to continue to guide the Savings Groups as they prosper.

The group in Ghana is working hard as the first rains are now starting. They are pushing to prepare and plant model plots while working with Abu Rabo to bring in the yield from his compost. Abu has taken the lead in this “harvesting” process. We pray that the model plots are successful and ask God to watch over the team and the farmers who are bravely testing different agricultural techniques.

Pastor Sullay has begun working with a Muslim Imam, Sheik Abass Kamara, from his community. Together, they have planted near a swamp and they are working together to learn – not only about farming techniques – but also about how two people can cross religious barriers to make a difference. We pray that Pastor Sullay and Sheik Abass continue their work together and that God blesses their efforts.

The dry season in Ghana is coming to an end and with that will come the rains and the beginning of the first planting season. David Dyer has informed us that the team is gearing up for the preparation of model plots for planting. The goal is to increase the current number of model plots, reflecting the desire of more Savings Groups to be involved in Just Hope’s agriculture training. We pray that God will guide our team as they prepare, and bless the Savings Group members as they seek financial success through agriculture and business.

The team is seeing some water deficiencies on the banana plantation of Mr. Abu Rabu. Though this is to be expected as the dry season ends, the coming rains should boost banana development. We ask God for a smooth transition and a healthy, abundant harvest.

We pray for our team in Ghana while they continue to add more Savings Groups to the roster – now totaling 34, with 755 people being served. We pray for each of the Savings Group members and their families.

We ask God to be with our team in Ghana as they begin composting through the dry season in preparation for the planting season in March.

We pray for our team in Ghana as they actively seek to build trust and develop deeper relationships, as well as identify community leaders. We pray that God will lead our team to the right people and communities.

We pray for a smooth transition as David Dyer takes over Peter’s responsibilities on the ground in Ghana.

We pray for prosperous demonstration plots, and for farmers to be open to trying methods that are new to them.

Most Recent Updates

February
1
2017

A Day in the Life in Ghana

No matter where you are in the world, all of us spend our days completing routine tasks to meet our needs and those of the people we care for. Preparing an evening meal, getting the kids off to school, meeting with friends, and managing finances are a few of the activities that might make up your day whether you find yourself in a rural village in Ghana or in an urban neighborhood in the U.S. Spend a day in the life of a few of our friends in Ghana... 
December
27
2016

Committing to lasting change

  • Our team in Ghana shows off the demo plots they have been cultivating with local farmers.
Farmers for the 11 model plots have seen some fantastic harvests as well as struggles with weather and pests. These struggles present multiple reasons to spend more time walking alongside farmers and deepening trust. Time will allow our team of advocates to aid in the perfection of sustainable agriculture techniques and skills. It will allow growth in results to underscore importance of the techniques and new land and time management strategies. Perhaps most importantly, it will allow for the emergence of new farmer advocates within communities. It will be these informal advocates who bring about long lasting change and impact.
November
16
2016

Hero Spotlight: Abu Rabo, Taking Opportunities, Seeing the Impact

People who are eager to learn and work just need the right information and opportunity in order to achieve great things. We provide hand-up solutions previously out of reach or unknown by people we serve. A small amount of support and hope provided in the right way can be transformational, launching a person and family into a life of security and stability that they themselves can sustain. A case in point is the story of Abu Rabo. See how Abu increased his pepper yield by 9x using the methods he learned from Just Hope.
October
13
2016

Farmer sees yield nearly 5x Ghana average

  • Abu’s 6×6 plot with peppers, nearly ready for harvest.
Conservation agriculture participation continues to grow, with most farmers electing to rotate their crops and participate another season. Many of these farmers, even with challenges and struggles, saw increases in their harvest as compared to conventional or traditional methods. One farmer experienced a yield that was nearly five times the Ghana average! Another farmer, Abu Rabo, has planted a 6×6 plot of peppers and is already seeing a tremendous difference as compared to a traditional plot nearby.
September
26
2016

Demo plots show strong results

  • Ben visits a demo plot with David Dyer.
  • Our team in Ghana shows off the demo plots they have been cultivating with local farmers.
The external demonstration plots are showing strong results in the form of noticeable differences in yields between traditional and conservation agriculture methodologies. One example is a recent yield of bambara nuts (an indigenous crop similar to peanuts or soybeans) where the harvest gathered from the mulched portion of a plot was significantly higher than the harvest from the unmulched portion. Farmers who have participated in conservation plots this past season are continuing in the process, and some are enlarging from 6×6 to 12×12 meter plots for the September-November growing season. This repeated participation and increase in land appropriation shows an acceptance of the methods, and perhaps early indication of adoption.