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Green Initiatives

 

Our Green Initiatives

 

We work with traditional farmers who live in a dry savannah on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Climate change, deforestation and erosion are direct threats to their livelihood. For us, its not enough to simply use recycled paper products and low energy consumption lighting in our office, and call ourselves a green company. We are committed to working on the ground with our producers in Ghana and trying to come up with green, sustainable solutions together.

 

Click on the links below to read about our current Green Initiatives:

 

CLIMATE SMART FARMING & AGRO-FORESTRY TRAINING PROGRAM

 

CLAY ROCKET STOVES & OTHER TOOLS TO REDUCE FIREWOOD CONSUMPTION

 

CREATING NATIVE TREE NURSERIES & TREE PLANTING 

 

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CLIMATE SMART FARMING & AGRO-FORESTRY TRAINING PROGRAM

Over the last few years, we have build an innovative, grassroots program teaching smallholder farmers climate smart farming practices, with an emphasis on reviving traditional agro-forestry techniques, using traditional African water harvesting techniques, and simple and affordable organic farming practices. During the training program, farmers also gain a deeper understanding of the causes and mitigation strategies fro addressing climate change, and in particular, they learn about the importance of trees in the landscape.

We have expanded the training program to over 40 villages, and have trained over 1000 farmers so far. Workshops are organized in an informal, participatory setting, and we harness the power of storytelling to share knowledge and empower the farmers to fight climate change, and fight for the survival of their communities.(back to list)

  

CLAY ROCKET STOVES & OTHER TOOLS TO REDUCE FIREWOOD CONSUMPTION

Firewood is the main traditional fuel source in the savannah of northeastern Ghana, where we work. Deforestation has become a major problem in the region, and many women have to walk miles each day in search of firewood just to cook food.

Firewood is also traditionally used to roast shea nuts and boil the oil in traditional shea butter production. To date, we have reduced our use of firewood in shea production by 50%, and are striving for 100%. We have implemented solar technologies in the design and use of solar cookers for roasting kernels, use rocket stoves for boiling in the production process and are using shea butter residue, a by-product of production, as an alternative bio-fuel.

Beyond our production facilities, we have also started a program to train women in neighboring communities how build build their own rocket stoves for free from locally sources materials; clay, manure and straw. These simple rocket stoves reduce firewood consumption by 60%. We have estimated that we are saving over 3,000 trees every year!  (back to list)

 

 

CREATING NATIVE TREE NURSERIES & TREE PLANTING

To combat deforestation in the Upper Eastern Region of Ghana, we have implemented tree planting campaigns. We havesupported cooperative member meetings for the community on the effects of deforestation and with firewood being a cooking source, educated the wider community on not cutting live trees. Many of the cooperative members have been supplied with various indigenous tree seedlings to plant around their huts, and it has recently become illegal to cut down a shea tree in the region. 

More recently, we have created community tree nurseries so that we can grow greater quantities of local native tree species with cultural and ecological importance. So far, we have trained 5 farmers how to grow tree seedlings and provided initial investment to create rural, community nurseries. Tree seedlings are then provided to farmers who attend climate smart farming workshops so they can add beneficial native tree species to their farms. (back to list)