ACCRA, Ghana—Small scale farmers in the Adansi South District of Ghana, have been making low profits from time immemorial. Venturing in rice production, cassava, plantain, maize, and vegetables they have suffered of less or zero income due to no access to market opportunities.
However, the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) has established an idea that aims at improving the livelihoods of the Kokoo Pa Farmers Association. The facility has given the farmers a means to make a profit for themselves and their families.
The Association came into existence in 2009, engineered by cocoa farmers from an initial 10 communities in the Ahafo Ano South districts in the Ashanti Region. The Kokoo Pa Famers is supported by Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) which is a partnership involving the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN.
“My income has improved since I learned soap-making skills and how to manage my finances,” Spoke Mabel Bamflore. According to another beneficiary, “Since my partnership with Mabel, we have developed a strong soap-making business, that has helped my finances.” The two are 25 years old and with kids, hoping that their business grows in the fullness of time.
Currently, they are enjoying support from the farmers’ association to improve their livelihoods by teaching them new skills in soap making from cocoa waste materials such as cocoa pod and financial management.
According to Mabel and Portia, the training has helped them a partner to bring together resources and build a strong business in soap making while managing their finances through the Village Savings and Loan Association method of saving their profit.
The association since November 2020, has helped farmers improve their attitude of savings and financial management in their businesses. The association has also helped farmers build skills in entrepreneurship.