He said the training and incentives received by the women in the district would also go a long way to improve their backyard gardening efforts.
“This support you brought, you might have seen it as a very small thing. But it is a very big venture that you have made for my women and I, and we are so much grateful,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, he pledged an effective use of the knowledge gained, as well as transfer of knowledge to more community members.
“We will put this to effective use and the next time that you will be coming, even transfer of this knowledge that we have gained, to other members of the CBI’s to be able to keep their own ways of keeping their gardens. Maybe we will not have souvenir for them, but I assure you, the knowledge we will be sharing.”
Commenced on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, the Agrihouse Foundation Team has been moving through communities within Upper East and West, Training and supporting women to establish a vegetable backyard garden, under the 1Household 1Garden.
Primarily targeting women, widows, single mothers, young girls and persons with physical challenges, the last leg of the project, focused on five (5) Districts, including Duffiama Bussie Issa, Nadowli, Sissala East, Sissala West and Wa East.
Over five hundred (500) beneficiaries were trained and provided a starter pack, which included, Watering cans, pesticides, compost and value packs vegetable seeds.
In a press statement, Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa, said the overall objective of the project is to contribute to building resilience, ensuring household food security and enhancing nutrition.
She said the ‘One Household One Garden’ has over the past two (2) years been funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), with funding from USAID- Feed the Future Program, adding that, in the past year, over 600 beneficiaries in the Northern and North-East Regions respectively, have directly benefitted from the initiative in the past year.
The beneficiary districts included Tempane District, Daffiama Bussie Issa, Nadowli, Sissala East, and Sissala West. The rest are Wa East, East Mamprusi, Mamprugu Moagduri, Mion, Sagnarigu, Nanton, Gushegu, Karaga, Yendi Municipal, Bawku Municipal, Bawku West and Garu in the Upper East.
While indirectly, the 1H1G project has benefitted about 7200 beneficiaries, she said, Agrihouse and partners are pleased and motivated therefore committed to ensuring that 1H1G continues to contribute significantly to food security and nutrition in the districts, by providing direct access to fresh healthy foods for households.
“We are excited to know that the project is not only contributing to bridging the gap between food insecurities and global shocks, but also enhancing food nutrition in homes across the northern regions,” she said.