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Tree Aid is working with smallholder farmers in Ghana to grow cashew trees and improve the productivity of their farmland. We train farmers in techniques such as composting and intercropping, to raise crop yields and improve the communities’ (and the trees’) resilience to climate change.
Communities in Ghana are already living the extreme consequences of the climate crisis and the effects are worsening. Erratic weather, lack of resources and degraded land means people are struggling to grow food for their families, and to earn an income to pay for food, medicine and schooling.
To thrive on the frontlines of the climate crisis, communities need to be resilient. From seedling to harvest, this project ensures communities have the tools and training they need to grow drought-hardy cashew trees and build resilient businesses which are equipped to tackle the challenges ahead.
Our project in Ghana works with farmers from seed, to sale. We provide the tools and training communities need to ensure that they can run resilient, long-term businesses from the tree products they sell.
We also support women to come together in collaborative enterprise groups, to share skills, improve their bargaining power, and support each other financially in times of need.
This project is bringing whole communities together within one cashew orchard, growing different crops and trees using 'climate-smart' methods which benefit farmers and the land.
When you grow cashew trees in a climate-smart system, all parts of the tree become useful. The fallen leaves are used in mulching and composting, the fruits and nuts are eaten or sold to earn an income, and the tree itself has a transformative effect on the land, trees and crops around it.