the Green Ghana Initiative

the Green Ghana Initiative

Ghana
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The project background is to implement green methodologies using locally available low cost resources to alleviate problems of poverty through income generation and job availability, producing viable planting materials for the rehabilitation of degraded lands, generate dry Moringa oleifera leaf to provide accessible raw materials that meet the code of good practice to guarantee sanitary and nutritional status of Moringa products based on published standards for value added products to meet local and international demands and for direct application of the Moringa dried leaf for regenerative health and nutrition starting with local communities in Greater Accra and Eastern Regions of Ghana.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Our initial engagement has been in the communities of Darmang Anhuntem(Seedlings Development site and Processing Unit)-Eastern Region and Villages affected by degradation in Greater Accra Region( Avornyokofe, Ashalaja, Adzetokofe,Agbavekofe,Afadonukofe,Sagakofe and Anlokodzoke- All within GA South District of Greater Accra Region) And within GA West District of Greater Accra, we are working in (Oduntia, Akuatsri No.1 & No.2, Hnovi,Onyansana and Atuapre. The GA South Communities we are engaged with is predominantly inhabited by settlers from the Volta Region of Ghana who migrated to these areas after Ghana's independence in the late 1950's to undertake farming activities.The topography is savanna grassland, which was excellent for agricultural activities(crop farming. With Sand winning activities, the arable once arable land has lost if fertility and this is what our project in turns to change. Both GA South and GA West Communities comes under two separate local governments heads and each of the community has elected representatives at the Local Assemblies. Over the years, VPWA has introduced diverse programs in multiple thematic areas; Human Rights awareness has been embarked upon in collaboration with Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ),Economic Empowerment Initiatives through Microfinance. Annual Deworming exercise is also sponsored by VPWA for all children in these communities in partnership with the Ghana Health Service Directorate of Health in the District.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

At Green Ghana we recognise that climate change does not only create new risks, costs and liabilities, but, also presents economic opportunities such as: socially ethical investments in carbon sequestration projects, renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency projects, emissions trading and climate change related microfinance scheme. At Green Ghana we shall generate benefits in the form of: rehabilitated mine lands and road construction sites for sustainable rural agriculture and enhancing urban aesthetics and recreational value, reduced stagnant water serving as malaria causing mosquito dwellings, recruitment of skilled volunteers seeking working experience, supervision of applied bioscience engineering research for university undergraduate and postgraduate students, apprenticeship for young men and women after completion of Junior High School, quantification of tradable carbon credits and contributions in small and big ways to significantly manage the effects of climate change. It is the first multi-linked major initiative in this area in the region.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

1. Establish a reputable tree nursery with research opportunities to supply affordable and reliable seedlings to subsidize tree crop production at local, national and regional levels, using zero tillage, solar power generation and other green technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate carbon absorption. 2. Design the rehabilitation of degraded sand, stone and mineral mining lands in rural locations 3.Quantify emissions reduced or absorbed from rehabilitated lands into tradable carbon credits in conformance with the planning, design, quantification, monitoring and reporting standards of theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), Greenhouse Gas Protocol, International Organization for Standardization (ISO14064) for a sustainable ecological, economic and social benefit at local, national, regional and international levels.
About You
Organization:
Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa
About You
First Name

Hayford

Last Name

Siaw

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact

, GA

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Founder of the NGO, Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa, Hayford Siaw has led several ground breaking projects in West African communities since 2007. A penultimate Social Entrepreneur, Hayford has raised funds for his NGO through multi faceted and dynamic fundraising strategies. Volunteers from around the world has worked with Hayford in diverse thematic areas. Among projects founded by Hayford includes:
NGO News Africa(www.ngonewsafrica.org)
Green Ghana Volunteers Initiative(www.greenghanavolunteers.org)
Teach In Ghana(www.teachinghana.org)
Ghana Medical Volunteers(www.ghanamedicalvolunteers.org)
Youth Development Centre(Under construction after successful fundraising on http://www.givemeaning.com/proposal/vpwabuild
VPWA Microfinance (http://www.vpwa.org/projects/on-going-projects/funding-to-initiate-micro...
Street Library Project( www.streetlibraryghana.org)
Deworm Ghana (www.deworm.org)

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

the Green Ghana initiative has both short term and long term targets and the tools for measuring will differ as the project progresses. Our short term target are clear and distinct for the next three years and this is closely monitored and evaluated. And they include:

1. Direct and Indirect Jobs created in the chain of operations
2. Quantity of Seedlings produced by the project for reclamation
3. Number of people directly granted the ''Green Micro loans''.
2. Land size reclaimed
3. Quantity of processed Moringa sold internationally and or locally.
4. Total Revenue generated from internal and external sales of all produced Moringa products.
5. Comparative analysis of income of communities affected by land degradation before and after their engagement in the project.
6. Number of public goods and Services delivered from communal revenue from the project.

A number of these guides listed above are simple and straight forward to measure and we have been considerably successful considering the limited funding at our disposal.

1. We have granted 205 degraded landowners, the ''green loans'' to be able to acquire Moringa seedlings from the Green Ghana Seedlings development site.
2. Over 2000 individuals have gained direct employment from beneficiaries of our ''green loans'' to clear lands, undertake planting and as site managers.
3. 115 acres of degraded sand winning sites reclaimed so far in Greater Accra Region and another 400 acres awaiting to be reclaimed within the next three years.

The next two years will be to establish the processing plant and also engage in direct export and sales of Moringa produced for both the local and international market and this is where the award of this grant will spur a significant growth of this project.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

101-1,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

1. Design programs to engage a broad range of community, corporate and government groups
2.Promote participation from individual volunteers, households and communities, institutions in health and environmental programs.
3. Develop and deliver training on microfinance and capacity building on growing and processing Moringa leaves following a Manual on Moringa oleifera Leaf Production and Processing to enhance skills and encourage environmental and health awareness. This will be done in partnership with other organisations with a similar vision.
4. Establish a Processing plant to process dried Moringa powder for both local and international market.

Sustainability
What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

While the Green Ghana Initiative will bring strong economic improvement, a significant resources and reinvestment will be generated through the processing of moringa oleifera dried leafs into powder for both local and international market. Price of Moringa powder fluctuates just as any other product and hence, this project have a plan to diversify it production in different forms such as Tea bags and capsules instead of raw powder following International Standards. With this diversification of producing finish products from our processing unit, we will be safeguard against plummeting of price.

Tell us about your partnerships

Our Partnership involves both NGOs(within Ghana and outside),Academia and Universities, Governments Institutions and Departments

Canadian Carbon Offsetters Association
Shapes Lives Foundation-Ghana
Alliance for African Women Initiative
GA South District Assembly (Government)
GA West District Assembly (Government)
Akuapim South District (Government)
Commission on Human Rights & Administrative Justice (Government)

Explain your selections

Presently, our core funding stream has been from Individuals from the Universities around the world and researchers who visit our site for research purposes.

NGOs are also supporting the initiative with Technical Expertise and Seeds Supply for the Seedlings development.

National Government through the Local Assemblies are also supporting us with personnel's on public education about the initiative.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

At Green Ghana we shall generate benefits in the form of: rehabilitated mine lands and road construction sites for sustainable rural agriculture and enhancing urban aesthetics and recreational value, reduced stagnant water serving as malaria causing mosquito dwellings, recruitment of skilled volunteers seeking working experience, supervision of applied bioscience engineering research for university undergraduate and postgraduate students, apprenticeship for young men and women after completion of Junior High School, quantification of tradable carbon credits and contributions in small and big ways to significantly manage the effects of climate change.

Challenges
Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Lack of visibility and investment

SECONDARY

Other (Specify Below)

TERTIARY

Other (Specify Below)

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

Most communities that benefits from this project used to be occupied predominantly by farmers but with the onset of degradation, all farm lands has lost their fertility and the lack of investment therein has led the youth to be jobless. A bottom up approach of providing Seedlings on a ''Green Microfinance program'' and educating the landowners to reclaim the lands by growing drought resistant trees, harvesting same, processing it using available technology and accessing both local and international market for the produce is in no doubt turning the degraded lands into a viable and visible avenue for investment.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

SECONDARY

Grown geographic reach: Multi-country

TERTIARY

Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Scaling up to benefit more communities and regions in Ghana. (-In country)
As part of Green Ghana growth strategy we have built a network of people and organisations all of whom value our unique environment and recognise the increasingly important role that we all must play in responding to the food, nutrition and health needs of the people, challenges of species loss, habitat loss and underutilised species, environmental degradation, environmental skills shortages and the impact of a changing climate.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

NGOs/Nonprofits, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

Governmental collaboration has been with the Local Assemblies who has been helpful in our community entries.

NGOs already in Moringa farming activities for different purposes are also playing a role in learning from our strategy and to support our scale-up.
Canadian Carbon Offsetters Association(CACOFA)is also collaborating with us to lead the carbon sequestration and tradable carbon credits from Moringa Oleifera.

Academia/Universities: Suzanne Enoh-Arthur, Non Executive Director of the Project is pursueing doctorate studies on "Facilitating identification and tree crop production of Moringa oleifera in West Africa", supervised by Prof. Patrick Van Damme of Ghent University in Belgium, supervises this project.