Ghana School Farms

Ghana School Farms: | Food Security | Education | Opportunities |

Ho, GhanaSavelugu, Ghana
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Ghana School Farms partners with disadvantage schools and local institutions to develop community-driven farms that offer experiential learning opportunities for young people in schools while also ensure an available food supply that will keep schools open and able to provide nutritious meals.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if students from poor and disadvantage communities don't go to school or study on hungry stomach? What if they study at ease knowing their nutritious meal is assured?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Disadvantage schools in rural Ghana are facing challenges with funding school meals because of continuous rise in food prices coupled with government’s inability to efficiently fund or subsidize school feeding programs. Some schools are facing threat of closing down whilst other have increased school fees to make up for the debts. This obviously is affecting access to education with school dropout rate especially in the Northern Region as 80%.

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

The project employs cost reasonable-community-driven and sustainable solution base model, harnessing local resources and expertise to support school feeding budget, making them open all year round. The schools hosts the project, the local Ministry of Food and Agriculture provides free consultation and technical know-how as part of the ministry’s extension service and the community provides the land where schools don’t have lands. Students engaged benefit from agriculture technical training. 70% of these produce would be used to feed the students. 30% of the produce would be sold to an identified market of which proceeds goes into an agreeable fund, 20% to be used to cultivate the next year and 10% comes to us to sustain the project.

Awards

Mandela Washington 2015 Fellowship by President Obama and SETAfrica 2014 Fellowship by Makerere University Business School, Uganda
Impact: How does it Work

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

Lassia-Tuolu Senior High School is located in the Upper West Region of Ghana. It was part of the schools that have to close down because there was no food to feed the students. Sorghum was the crop cultivated in this school. Savelugu Senior High School is located in the Savelugu Municipality of the Northern Region of Ghana. The School operates a Boarding system with a population of more than 500 students. The school is one of the affected schools who had to close down because of the delay in the release of feeding grants from government. Two acres of corn was the crop cultivated in this school. Both schools were successful, with an investment of almost Ghana Cedi 600 return on investment was Ghana Cedis 2000. Recording 233.3% profit.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

There is 40% reduction in the feeding budget of the schools we are implementing our Ghana School Farms project. This means, schools will have to charge less to have access to quality education in poor and disadvantage communities. Schools will become food sufficient and open all year round. It will also create a common community empowered space to equip students with skills in agriculture in order to feed the future. We have already trained 2567 students and some students are working with us.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

1. Selection of school 2. Baseline studies 3. Identification of local Collaborating institutions 4. Development of Concept for the School 5. Meeting with collaborators and MoU development 6. Registration of the local Ghana School Farms project with ROFLM 7. Project implementation Criteria for selection of Schools 1. Located in rural sector and deprived of government’s regular food support. 2. Recognized and registered by the Ghana Education Service. 3. The school should have land or is able to provide land. 4. The school should be willing to support the project.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The project makes provision for a percentage of the harvest, 20% that is either sold out to an identified market for re-cultivation the next season. 10% of the return on investment comes back to us, Ghana School Farms project, as management fund. The project local stakeholders, parents and community leadership, as was done in our previous pilot project, agreed to levy themselves to take care of any financial constrain that the project faces.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

'There is nothing more sustainable than knowledge for the future'. Our Ghana School Farms Students Club is on the verge of nurturing the future Agriculture entrepreneurs who will feed the future, with the skills and opportunities we are equipping them with. The community common space to build a future for their children, the in built resilient structures of the project, the dedication of the students, the research and project staffs' sacrifice, combines to build an inclusive and sustainable future for all of us.
Team

Founding Story

Over the last two years, most public senior high schools in the three northern regions of Ghana experienced closure due to the unavailability of food to feed the students. This situation was blamed on the unavailability of feeding grants and also the delay in the release of feeding grants by government. The media covered the story extensively but nothing was done to solve the challenge. I was then in my second year in the University of Cape Coast, right in the lecture theater, this idea came to mind, to harness community resources in creating a sustainable solution to school feeding funding.

Team

Project Manager: Mr Alfred Godwin Adjabeng, BSc. Environmental Science Project Coordinator: Mr Fegurson Agbehia, BSc. Fisheries and Aquatic Science Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator: Mr Richard Pablo, BSc. Development Planning. Field & Volunteer Coordinator: Ms. Josephin Agbeko, BSc. Agriculture Science Social Marketing & Research Coordinator: Mr Bless Vieku, BSc. Development Planning Finance & Budget Officer: Ms. Shelby Appiah, BSc. Education in Management and Economics
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Facebook

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder and Executive Director of Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement, the organisation whose flagship project is School Farms

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Zero Hunger.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

ieducate Project: Yet to be piloted in June,2016. The project seeks to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education in Ghana with a focus on early grade understanding of Science and Mathematics through local language based video lessons prepared based on the Ghana Education Service Curriculum.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Savelugu District
Ghana Education Service, Savelugu District
Savelugu Senior High School
Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement

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