F FUNDING SUPPORT FOR YIZIAGU AND WALA

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F A O PROJECT PROVISION

PROJECT PROPOSAL
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COUNTRY: GHANA PROJECT NO:

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PROJECT TITLE: TELE FOOD FUNDING SUPPORT FOR YIZIAGU AND WALA RURAL BEEKEEPING PROJECT IN TOLON/KUMBUNGU DISTRICT

APPLICANT:
NAME OF ORGANISATION: ZANG – TI WUNI FARMERS ASSOCIATION (ZAFARMS)

MAILING ADDRESS: P. O. BOX TL 573, TAMALE.NORTHERN REGION

STREET ADDRESS: HOUSE NO. NY/BLK/B/ 39 NYOHINI – NORTH
TELEPHONE: 233 071 25720 MOBIL: 0244 839827
FAX:
E-MAIL: HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]

PRINCIPAL OFFICER: ALHASSAN P. S. YAKUBU
PROJECT CONTACT: ALHASSAN P. S. YAKUBU

PROJECT
Tele Food Special Fund
PROPOSED STARTING DATE: September 2007
PROPOSED PROJECT DURATION: 1 Year (Sept 2007- August 2008)
FINANCES
TOTAL F A O REQUEST: $ 10,740.83
COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION: $ 2,129.03
ORGANISATION CONTRIBUTION $ 3,311.83
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $ 16,169.18

Executive Summary

INTRODUCTION

Zang-Ti Wuni Farmers Association was founded as a local non-profit making rural farmers membership organization envisioning an inter connected Northern Ghana in which the emancipation of poor deprived and vulnerable rural farmers shall foster the bond of participatory relationship of trust and mutual benefit through information dissemination adopting appropriate scientific technology combining it with local knowledge for the creation of awareness to effect progressive change beneficial for the local people with the view to making the area a joyful and livable place ensuring justice, gender equity and a democratic and liberal society.

Mission
The organization mission is to help build strong grassroots rural farming communities in Northern Ghana (comprising; Northern, Upper East and West Regions ) adopting and promoting participatory consultations in the identification and resolution of problems and challenges confronting them in the development and promotion of agriculture, environmental/ biodiversity conservation and natural resources management in a bid to fighting the high incidence of food and livelihood insecurity with the aim to beneficially and equitably facilitate the free and liberal participation of democratic life.

Project Description:
The current project is a need assessment alternative husbandry intervention that seeks to contribute towards improving food production through the promotion of scientific beekeeping in a bid to stabilize the food situation in order to fighting hunger and encourage local consumption of honey as a better alternative predigested sugar. It is designed to improve upon balance diet of the local people to guarantee improved health as they appear to be suffering more often these days from sugar related health problems like diabetes and stroke so as to be healthy in order to meet their development aspirations on sustainable bases. Some negative human activities and natural phenomena are threatening the capacity of the natural environment and biodiversity resources to continue to support increased food production for its stability and enhance livelihood improvement systems of the people in the Tolon/Kumbungu District especially the communities of Yiziegu and Wala. Inhabitants of these two disadvantaged and distressed communities lack the culture and capacity to sustainable land management to facilitate sustainable agriculture and increased food production for enhance improved diets for good health and economic growth of the people of the area. There is currently the high incidence of food and livelihood insecurity in the area resulting in mass youth migration particularly young girls and the attendant consequences of deprivation and under development is prevailing in these communities striping the people off their basic economic and social advancement.

They are thus unwisely over exploiting biodiversity resources including certain biological genetic species threatening their continued survival to play their proper role towards abundant balanced dietary food production. Under this intervention the focus is to ensure the protection of bees for their continued existence to produce adequate honey as a reliable food supplement with ability to guarantee good health and provide the rural farmer household a dependable additional source of income to meet their cash needs.

Thus the current proposal seeks to further boost the capacity building initiative of the people of these two communities and adequately resource starter beekeepers with improved production and protective equipment who under a Ghana / CIDA partnership development cooperation (FARMER Project) have earlier been trained and equipped with appropriate scientific modern beekeeping skills towards the sustainable protection of bees to ensure their continued existence to produce honey and other BEE products to enhance the food situation in the targeted communities, reduce poverty through the sale of these products to facilitate the introduction of sustainable livelihood systems thereof. Under the CIDA support the focus was on technology transfer rather than providing start-up equipment far beyond the capability of these poor trainees to be come functional through application of acquired skills to sustain their efforts; which critical element was not catered for in the previous arrangement as result of policy decision of the support agency. Enabling the trainees without adequately resourcing them to adopt and apply acquired skills turn round to make the technology transfer dormant and beneficiaries are unable to derive the full benefits of the intervention.
Thus under this proposal this farmers umbrella organisation (ZAFARMS) is sourcing valuable funding support from Tele Food Special Fund under F. A. O Project Provision to enable it provide essential start-up support equipment to enable the farmers apply their acquired skills to their advantage.

Duration:
This project shall be implemented within a one year period (July 2007 – June 2008) while monitoring shall remain on-going for at least three years to ensure sustainability for farmers to derive maximum benefits thereof.

Budget
Project is expected to cost total of fifteen thousand, five hundred and sixty-five Ghana cedis (Gh ¢ 15,565) with an FA O component of ten thousand, five hundred and five Ghana cedis, eighty Ghana peswas (Gh ¢ 10,505.80) while the applicant and beneficiary communities shall bear the remaining five thousand and sixty Ghana cedis (Gh ¢5,060).
The project by all standards is an alternative viable husbandry intervention that shall impact positively on the people and go a long way to help stabilize honey production as food and for sale to reduce poverty among the rural poor deprived and vulnerable farmers in the targeted area. It shall as well empower and boost morale of especially women engaged in it economically to enhance the up-liftmen of their social standing in society and a diversification from the age old destructive traditional honey hunting as a long term strategy.

PROJECT PROPOSAL
F A O Project Provision
Tele Food Special Fund

PROJECT TITLE: TELE FOOD FUNDING SUPPORT FOR YIZIAGU AND WALA RURAL BEEKEEPING PROJECT IN TOLON/KUMBUNGU DISTRICT
1.0ORGANISATION
Zang – Ti Wuni Farmers Association (ZAFARMS) is an indigenous non-profit NGO with focus to operating in the three Northern Regions and currently physically present on the ground in Tamale Metropolitan, Tolon/Kumbungu, Savellegu/Nantong and East Gonja Districts of the Northern Region since 1995. ZAFARMS has registered with the Registrar General’s Department and recognized by a wide range of MDAs.

ZAFARMS has the principal aim of confronting poverty through alternative livelihood systems, transfer of appropriate technologies and natural resource conservation with a well-established management structure. ZAFARMS in the past have encouraged communities to establish natural regeneration areas adopting the transfer of appropriate technology ( agro-forestry strategies) to enhance the capacities of the local people to sustainabily manage land. ZAFARMS through the promotion of beekeeping have supported local people to improve upon their livelihood systems.

Project Description:
The 2000 Ghana Living Standard Social Survey (GLSS) put the poverty rate of Northern Ghana at an unacceptable level of 70% as against the national average of 40%. The prevalence of poverty is very obvious and visually noticed even by a first-time visitor to the area. This situation impacts negatively on all aspects of the peoples life pattern; economically socially and other; setting the clock of progress backward while women, children and the aged are hardest hit under the circumstances.

The Tolon/Kumbungu District; one of the newly created and young districts in the Northern Region have not been spared the consequence of this scenario. It lacks basic infrastructural and social amenities, with the prevalence of the high incidence of food insecurity as a result of poor and unprofitable agricultural practices, and the least developed in the region. The district is about 90% rural with Kumbungu, Nyankpala and Tolon being the biggest towns. It has the lowest school enrollment, resulting in the prevalence of high illiteracy rate. Most communities lack portable and reliable water systems, poor sanitation, and lack of employment opportunities thus causing economic stagnation with the obvious result being the slum of abject poverty on the grassroots rural farmers.

Women and children especially the young girls are the worse victims of this bleak situation compelling over 60% of youthful labour force becoming economic migrants looking for menial jobs popularly called ”Kayaye” in the southern Ghana. This Kayaye syndrome in particular exposes these girls to all sorts of social abuses and health hazards and indeed an affront to the dignity of the northerner reducing them to second-class citizens. It is this situation; ZAFARMS philosophical mission of helping grassroots farming communities realize their potentials and taking their destinies into their hands through programmes related to increase agricultural productivity and other income generating activities that have prompted ZAFARMS to assisting these deprived peoples undertaken the present innovation as a catalyst and self help tool to bale them out of poverty into economic prosperity and social justices in a liberal and democratic society. Indeed this is aimed at changing a rather manageable but neglected situation with this giant food security component (beekeeping) yet to be explored fully and effectively utilized in the area.

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