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The cassava is grown as a cash crop by communities of smallholder farmers. They live in a degrading environment around Mole National Park in Ghana. Bad roads, or distance to markets restrains their income generation. Better farming practices, organic production in a stable environment and market access to a premium paying market is a strategy to develop their livelihoods and to improve the environment.
The lead crop is cassava, dried by the women, with or without peel. There are different varieties, from the bitter, starchy ones to sweet. They can be harvested at different times to have more or less fibre content. The cassava roots are sun dried off the ground in hygienic conditions. The flour is milled in communal facilities to specification and bagged in 25 kg bags, or according to buyer request. The lead market is cassava flour as wheat replacement for bakeries. Starch is the second product, for use in food processing. Other products in the organic rotation are soya, sorghum, peanuts, bambara nuts.
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Organic Markets for Development (OM4D) aims to create opportunities for the smallholder farmers by inclusion into domestic and international organic markets. At the same time, it facilitates the adaptation to existing and new local and global challenges such as inequity, climate change, scarcity and depletion of natural resources. It uses the opportunity of increasing demand for organic products as an engine for development to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
IFOAM – Organics International, together with the support of its partner organization Agro Eco – Louis Bolk Institute and numerous local partners, will implement the project in four West African countries: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo and São Tomé and Principe.
The goal is that organic farming and related market systems enable smallholder farmers to improve their living conditions.
The main objectives of the project are to:
Establish and strengthen four organic national umbrella organisations to bring together a wide range of stakeholders for dialogue, coordination and sector support.
Link producers directly to local customers by setting up and promoting Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS), an affordable alternative to third party certification for domestic markets.
Develop high impact value chains for international markets by enhancing farmer knowledge and farming practices resulting in increased income for smallholder farmers.
Promote policies fostering organic market development with inclusion of the poor at national and international levels.
It is estimated that about 300,000 people including members of farmer families will directly benefit from this project.
Donor agency: The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs