Team Life Changing Foundation

Upper West Region, Ghana, Ghana

Our Team

Raising the Standard of Community Farmers Higher / Published September 28, 2016 by Abigail Ansu Kyeremeh

Raising the Standard of Community Farmers Higher

Mans’ quest to find the meanings to our world has led us to many disciplines which are believed to give us understanding of our world and such disciplines as; Agriculture, philosophy, literature, Religion, Art, music, History and languages has contributed immensely to this assentation. Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the ordeal to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries.
Ever since creation, the instinct or trait of our source of creation is believed to be part and parcel of us which make us creators. Society being known is dynamic no matter how remote it is in location. As man continues to drive himself on to conquer his environment, he has resorted in many ways of fast tracking things to work in his favor. As the pace of dynamism is found in various communities, it is identified that some communities are able to change its ways of doing things faster whiles others are very slow or may never wish for change.
Change, as an experience of society has brought a number of school of thoughts which have propounded various detail knowledge on ‘why’ and ‘how’ societies change. Such theories as evolutionary theories are based on the assumption that societies gradually change from simple beginnings into even more complex forms. Early sociologists beginning with Auguste Comte believed that human societies evolve in a uni-linear way- that is in one line of development. According to them social change meant progress toward something better. They saw change as positive and beneficial. To them the evolutionary process implied that societies would necessarily reach new and higher levels of civilization. From the perspective of various theories, the question “why” has not really been dealt with. Most of the communities don’t know the “why” for change and therefore prefer to stick to the old traditional ways of doing things.
My four years of studies in integrated Business Studies (Optional- Management Studies) has given me a broad scope of understanding in the field of human and their environment. I have gained much knowledge of the practical field which was also part my studies. My school runs a third trimester program and that is; we are given the opportunity to dwell with the various hinterlands and communities for eight weeks (8 weeks in each third trimester for 2 years) whereby we serve as a guide which is through participation in solving their various problems. It was so amazing to me that many hinterland dwellers have not experience the change which is supposed to take effect in human’s life. As Society is governed by norms and traditions which are normally coded to give a standard way of life to its people, such norms and traditions have so much influence on the individuals governed and in many ways, make it difficult for people to accept change.
Poverty has became a canker in this communities whiles there are abundance of resources at their disposal.
These years of studying remote communities’ members and their lifestyle in various things have given me the in-depth knowledge into the dynamism of the societies in the African context which can be the pivot for generalization to the rest of the worlds’ communities.
Who have said that poverty can not be alleviated?
Who have said, poor communities can not embrace change?
We stand for change, change which is evident, proof and satisfied.

Our Mission

Our innovative idea is to provide financial and technical support to farmers to engage into cashew farm plantation with the available land at their disposal. Support in the area of capital and capacity building to be able to make the best out of the farming. Cashew plantation is profitable business that farmers in the three northern regions of Ghana wish they could enter but due to plethora of challenges more particularly finances and expertise thus prevent many subsistence, peasant farmers and the youths from engaging in such productive activities although there is a vast uncultivated farming lands that can be utilize for such plantation.

Our Background

Our team conducted need finding processes through series of focus group discussions separately for both women and male and it came to light that since they are farming communities what they need is a robust and sustainable livelihood through cashew farming. The northern part of the country experiences only one raining season and effort made by various organizations to reverse the trend of rain fed agriculture to irrigation farming has proved futile, this propel the able youth to move to the southern part of the country to search for menial jobs which in turn create cyclical of problems. However, cashew plant does well irrespective of the rainfall pattern whether there is enough rain or not. First and foremost, community fora will be organized to present to them the entire project package with the ultimate aim of assisting them to fully utilize their farmlands for plantation to increase production. At the end of the discussion those who would be willing to go into cashew farming, the following support will be provided. First, their lands will be cleared by our organisation irrespective of the number of acreages. Farmers will not be giving the monies up front but rather the organisation will make provisions to the appropriate bodies or workers assigned with the task. The farmers will only be expected to inform and show the organisation the number of acres or hectares they intend cultivating, and the land will be cleared and made ready for cultivation. Second, improved seedling will be provided for them from the organization’s nursery. To ensure that the best improved variety of cashew is planted most especially the “dwarf” type which yield fruits a year after cultivation. The organisation will have a big nursery field to provide young cashew plants ready for transplanting to all the farms of the project beneficiaries. Third, training will also be provided on the best farming practices that will aid optimum yield for the beneficiaries. For the first 6 months and 1 year of operations we estimate that we will reach more than 100 farmers cultivating over 200 acres of land and 400 farmers cultivating over 1000 acres respectively in all the four targeted regions, with this we anticipate that more than 500 and upstream and downstream on farm and non-farm job opportunities will be created in the first 6 months and 1000 jobs in year one (1). These projections are made and justified in the sense that due to the nature of support that will be provided will bring more farmers on board for the first year and the second year will reach and usher in more farmers. The project beneficiaries will pay back the monies paid by the organisation during the land clearing and the younger plants given for transplanting with the aim of being able to reach more farmers and ensuring project sustainability. More significantly, the monies are interest free, three years grace period will be granted and the monies will be paid on regular basis. The organisation will also buy the raw nuts from its project beneficiaries and sell to the appropriate processing companies for the short run but we envision of processing our own nuts in the long run. The benefits that will be accrued through the sale will be used to scale up the project. It will be solely for the benefits of the project beneficiaries and scaling up of the project to reach many subsistence and peasant farmers. It will also serves as a credit facility for the target beneficiaries to access for intensification and extensification. Currently, there is high demand for cashew both at the domestic and international market either in its raw state or processed form. There are thirteen (13) cashew processing companies in the country who market majority of their produce internationally. Combined together they have processing capacity of 70,000 metric tons annually. Out of this only 50,000 tons are processed annually due to limited supply of the raw nut as a result of low cultivation. We helping majority of subsistence and peasant farmers to revitalize the cashew sector will bring relief to all the chain of beneficiaries in this sector. Team Composition Jerry John Cobbinah is a holder of Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Community Development (BA ICD). He is a team leader for Life Changing Foundation and won Youths Spark Innovation Grants Award from Resilient Africa Network (RAN) and University for Development Studies for the project “Cashew Fruit Juice Production”. He is also a member for the team who won Youths Spark Innovation Grants (YSIG) award for the project “Women and Girls Empowerment through Hair Dressing (WOGETHD) all in 2016. Abigail Ansu Kyeremeh is also undergraduate from the University for Development Studies, a holder of Bachelor of Art in Integrated Business Studies (Management Studies-optional). I am serious minded person who is highly dedicated, determined and conscientious with practical team playing skills and also at ease with project to eradicate poverty among women through entrepreneurship skills in the Northern Regions of Ghana. I am well abreast with the requisite knowledge of supply chain management as well as Research work. Currently, I am working on a project on empowering women through entrepreneurship and that is bead making in the Upper West.

Raising the Standard of Community Farmers Higher / Published September 28, 2016 by Abigail Ansu Kyeremeh

Raising the Standard of Community Farmers Higher

Mans’ quest to find the meanings to our world has led us to many disciplines which are believed to give us understanding of our world and such disciplines as; Agriculture, philosophy, literature, Religion, Art, music, History and languages has contributed immensely to this assentation. Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the ordeal to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries.
Ever since creation, the instinct or trait of our source of creation is believed to be part and parcel of us which make us creators. Society being known is dynamic no matter how remote it is in location. As man continues to drive himself on to conquer his environment, he has resorted in many ways of fast tracking things to work in his favor. As the pace of dynamism is found in various communities, it is identified that some communities are able to change its ways of doing things faster whiles others are very slow or may never wish for change.
Change, as an experience of society has brought a number of school of thoughts which have propounded various detail knowledge on ‘why’ and ‘how’ societies change. Such theories as evolutionary theories are based on the assumption that societies gradually change from simple beginnings into even more complex forms. Early sociologists beginning with Auguste Comte believed that human societies evolve in a uni-linear way- that is in one line of development. According to them social change meant progress toward something better. They saw change as positive and beneficial. To them the evolutionary process implied that societies would necessarily reach new and higher levels of civilization. From the perspective of various theories, the question “why” has not really been dealt with. Most of the communities don’t know the “why” for change and therefore prefer to stick to the old traditional ways of doing things.
My four years of studies in integrated Business Studies (Optional- Management Studies) has given me a broad scope of understanding in the field of human and their environment. I have gained much knowledge of the practical field which was also part my studies. My school runs a third trimester program and that is; we are given the opportunity to dwell with the various hinterlands and communities for eight weeks (8 weeks in each third trimester for 2 years) whereby we serve as a guide which is through participation in solving their various problems. It was so amazing to me that many hinterland dwellers have not experience the change which is supposed to take effect in human’s life. As Society is governed by norms and traditions which are normally coded to give a standard way of life to its people, such norms and traditions have so much influence on the individuals governed and in many ways, make it difficult for people to accept change.
Poverty has became a canker in this communities whiles there are abundance of resources at their disposal.
These years of studying remote communities’ members and their lifestyle in various things have given me the in-depth knowledge into the dynamism of the societies in the African context which can be the pivot for generalization to the rest of the worlds’ communities.
Who have said that poverty can not be alleviated?
Who have said, poor communities can not embrace change?
We stand for change, change which is evident, proof and satisfied.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our innovative idea is to provide financial and technical support to farmers to engage into cashew farm plantation with the available land at their disposal. Support in the ...Read More

Our Background

Our team conducted need finding processes through series of focus group discussions separately for both women and male and it came to light that since they are farming ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.