The Upper East region of Ghana is one of the most degraded parts of the country. Due to the effects of the climate crisis, soil that was once fertile can no longer support plant life.
The people we work with rely on the land for food and income. As a result, it is becoming more difficult to grow food and poverty is increasing. That’s why we are working with communities to grow trees and build enterprises that give them income today and stability for the future.
This project is supporting new and existing enterprise groups to learn how to process and market products like shea butter to increase their incomes.
Farmers will learn to grow trees and care for them to ensure that each tree thrives, using tools and training from the project. We will also support groups of women to make and distribute fuel-saving stoves and share knowledge on managing bushfires. This will help protect forests so that people can live from them for years to come.
Two-years into the project, we have already made great progress. We are supporting 42 new enterprise groups with the tools and training they need to process and market tree products. With three new warehouses built, they are also able to safely store things like shea nuts, to provide a stable income all year round.
210 farmers have learnt to grow and care for trees and protect them from bushfires. A women’s pottery group are making and distributing fuel-saving stoves which are reducing the amount of firewood needed for cooking.
This project is being implemented by Tree Aid in collaboration with the local implementing partner, ORGIIS Ghana, and with funding from Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA).