Capacity building for farmers on agroecology
The traditional and most common farming approach in Ghana is the slash-and-burn method, also known as shifting cultivation. In this practice, farmers clear land by slashing and burning vegetation to create fields for cultivation. This method has been used for centuries by various indigenous and traditional farming communities around the world, especially in tropical and subtropical regions. However, this method can lead to deforestation, soil erosion, environmental challenges and loss of biodiversity.

Therefore, our project is dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture and agroecology within the Offinso Dirstrict. The primary objective is to enhance awareness of sustainable practices and expand the knowledge of participating farmers of our Network to enable more environmentally friendly and resource-efficient agricultural practices and thus improve their livelihoods.

To identify the current knowledge level and potential gaps in sustainable agriculture, we are conducting a comprehensive survey among Farmers in Offinso and its catchment communities. This survey serves as a foundation to better understand the needs and challenges faced by the farmers in their daily farming activities. Based on the survey results, we will develop tailored training programs. These programs will be specifically designed to address the identified knowledge gaps and provide participating farmers with new sustainable practices and techniques in regards to agroecology.

Our approach aims to achieve broad participation from all farmers in the OPSD Network. It is our goal to ensure that all members have access to the training sessions and can benefit from the newly acquired insights and skills. To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the conducted trainings and the implementation of the gained knowledge by the farmers, regular follow-up meetings will be held.

By implementing this project, our ultimate aspiration is to foster a more sustainable agricultural community within the OPSD Network, leading to long-term positive impacts on the environment, people's livelihoods, and economic resilience.