Farmers reject chemicals and adopt organic practices in Ghana

Farmers in the north-eastern region of Ghana are learning how to avoid the negative economic and environmental impacts of costly agri-chemical solutions by adopting sustainable and organic practices with the help of CEAL Ghana and its development partners ELPG-Netherland, Winrock-Ghana and GEF/UNDP.

Over 10,000 farmers across 45 communities are being helped by CEAL to learn about organic compost-making from readily available local resources rather than use expensive and damaging chemicals.

They benefit from education and training sessions on how to improve crop yields and improve soil health with natural, organic preparations.

The program is part of a broader initiative by CEAL called Farmer 2 Farmer (F2F) in the region where farmers are trained in advanced agricultural practices which they then spread around the region by passing on their learnings to neighbouring farmers.

On small-holder farms, soil health becomes stressed and exhausted and poor yields lead to extreme food insecurity. In many communities, famine becomes a real problem.

With its mass education program, CEAL aims to teach good agronomic practices and a seasonal plan to encourage organic soil preparation and the project is jointly executed with the West Manprusi Municipal Development of Agriculture Development of Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).

CEAL hopes the project will reduce the use of costly and potentially damaging chemical fertilisers from outside sources and encourage farmers to become self-reliant and be kinder to the environment while aiming for better food and income security to support their local communities.

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