Projects

Landkaart Ghana met projecten
ELPG has three running projects:

  1. Sirigu – SEISUD/GIOF
  2. Zasilari – ZEFP/CEAL
  3. Gundoo Daaseli –GDOFP

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1. Sirigu – SEISUD/GIOF2. Zasilari – ZEFP3. Gundoo Daaseli –GDOFP
Sirigu Ecological Initiative for Sustainable Development (SEISUD)
Focus:
Agriculture, Education, social commitment
Location:
Sirigu, North-Ghana
Project leader:
Peter Anoah
Peter Anoah is the initiator and project leader of the foundation SEISUD. (Sirigu Ecological Initiative for Sustainable Development).
Background
In 2006 GOAP and Peter found each other in the development of a biological school garden near the primary school of which Peter was the head master. In addition to the normal classes, children were taught biological gardening. The enthusiasm extended to the students of the high school and they started to participate in the gardening activities. Via the children also the parents, all farmers, were involved in the educational project.
Activities van SEISUD
The project is now active in four villages with about 20,000 inhabitants, 90% of whom belong to farmer’s households. The following activities are attended:

  • The development and educational activities around school gardens. The products are processed in school meals;
  • Teaching 20 groups of farmers the principles of biological agriculture. Making and applying compost (rather than burning organic material) is profitable for future harvests. They are also helped to introduce animal traction: training of groups in the use of oxen and ox-carts;
  • Environmental programs: planting of trees and cleaning of the village areas and compounds;
  • Guinea fowl project: a better race is introduced in the villages, which considerably raises the production, in comparison with the ordinary birds.

More information about these activities can be found on SEISUD’s own website

Ghana Institute of Organic Farming
A big additional project in the area is the Ghana Institute of Organic Farming. GIOF is a recently founded school for practical farming, which is a logical outgrowth of SEISUD activities. School-leavers or drop-outs, as well as adult male and female farmers can get a one year education in biological agriculture. A first group of students started in October 2014. Also 2 and 3-year courses are foreseen that will be part of the regular higher professional education in Ghana. It is the aim to teach teachers who then can demonstrate and educate farmers in a wider area about biological farming. GIOF is still in the process of further development. GOAP intends to support this project whole-heartedly in the coming years. One of the ways to do this is to interest other (Dutch) parties to join in support; so far the following organizations have contributed to the foundation of this school:

  • Stichting Gelijke Kansen (Equal Opportunity Fund);
  • ASML Foundation, Eindhoven;
  • Triodos Foundation;
  • Wilde Ganzen;
  • Kiwanis West-Friesland;
  • Impulsis;
  • Cordaid;
  • many bigger and smaller donations

GIOF has its own website.

Zasilari Ecological Farms Projects
Focus:
Agriculture, social commitment
Location:
Walewale, Ghana
Project leader:
Issifu Sulemana
Background
David Agongo, who passed away in 2015, was the initiator and project leader of ZEFP. He started in 1991 with a demonstration farm in the village of Zasilari, situated about halfway Tamale and Bolgatanga. He settled in the village and made people acquainted with composting of organic debris, planting trees and the principles and practice of biological agriculture. Soon, the farm grew into a green oasis in the otherwise dry environment. After a period of doubts about this new approach, brought by an outsider, people became interested and began to apply the new techniques. After a while, David realised that using this mouth-to-mouth advertising it would take a long time to reach all farmer’s communities in the area. He took the chance to join an agricultural demonstration project (TRAX), 75 km north of Zasilari. Here, he learned new methods of erosion control and composting, and how to transfer this knowledge to larger groups of male and female farmers. He figured that it strengthened these groups, by spending to mutual solidarity and common activities. During his free time and in the weekends, David and his wife worked in the Zasilari area, applying the TRAX methods. Of his TRAX salary he paid a young person to continue the information and demonstration activities during the week days. It was David’s ambition to copy the work of TRAX in his own area. Some Dutch people with contacts in Ghana were interested to support this enterprise financially and after some years the project was covered by ELPG. In 2002 ZEFP was founded as a new NGO in Northern Ghana, financed by GOAP. In 2018 during a proces of restructuring, the work and people of ZEFP were taken over through a new NGO called Centre for Ecological Agriculture and Livelihood (CEAL). Meanwhile, ZEFP/CEAL is a recognized concept in the region and beyond. The project is an example for co-sponsors and government bodies who pursue biological agriculture or sustainable development. 
Activities of ZEFP/CEAL
Yearly, new farmer’s groups (men, women, and mixed) join training courses in the following fields: social subjects like working together as a group, male-female relationship, managing money and maintaining a joint bank account;

  • principles of biological agriculture; composting, changing of crops, etc.
  • controlling erosion (plowing along lines of altitude; building dams);
  • storage of harvest, protected against insects and rodents;
  • sustainable cattle farming; trainings on animal breeding and -management;
  • maintaining the fertility of the land: planting trees and avoiding burning of harvest remnants and pasture areas;
  • offering perspectives for young people in agriculture and animal breeding;
  • Agricultural activities during the dry season, by means of irrigation.

More information Details of the above activities can be found on the websites of CEAL, ACDEP (an umbrella of agricultural demonstration plants in northern Ghana, of which CEAL is a part), West Mamprusi District (the district in which CEAL is active), Cordaid (our Dutch co-financer):

Gundoo Daaseli (organic Farming Project)
Focus:
Agriculture, social commitment
Location:
Kibori, Ghana
Project leader:
Madish Abubakari
Madish Abubakari has taken the initiative and is the local project leader of Gundoo Daaseli.
Background
Madish Abubakari is an independent farmer, who has set up his own project with biological agriculture. As a farmer’s son he became acquainted with biological agriculture when he joined the model farm of Franz Zemp, a Swiss farmer, who works and lives already for 30 years in Ghana, farming with biological methods. 
Activities of Gundoo Daaseli
Kibori Madish started this type of farming in his village of birth Kubori. It is situated in a remote area west of the White Volta River, called “Overseas” in Ghana. Since 2001 Madish and his family run a model farm for biological agriculture, concentrating on making and using compost, planting trees, sowing of legume plants (nitrogen fixation; making nitrate available in the soil), and prevention of bush fires. Information Next to his own way of sustainable farming, Madish explains his methods to farmers in the surrounding villages and since 2013 they, in turn, demonstrate it to other farmers., Madish is supported by GOAP for his work, enabling him to get additional agricultural training and follow courses. In 2014 GOAP has arranged, through the Van Rumpt-foundation, a rice threshing machine for a group of rice farmers in the Gundoo-Daaseli area. Microcredits Madish also guides a number of women groups in the formation of joint trade projects, using microcredits.