Project Description and Results Achieved
Rural Enterprises Project ( REP)
Description: The intent is for the delivery of Training Services meant to meet the business needs of rural entrepreneurs such as: Small Business Management, Group Dynamics, Credit Management, Banking and Savings Culture, Product Development and Marketing, etc with the aim of building the capacities of target rural entrepreneurs towards the attainment of REP’s overall goal of alleviating poverty and improve living conditions in the rural areas and especially increase the incomes of women and vulnerable groups through increased self- and wage-employment.
Results: Since June 2008, well over 1000 rural entrepreneurs, in 3 out of 10 regions of Ghana, covering 10 administrative Districts, have been equipped with relevant knowledge and skills for efficient running of their businesses. This has:
– stimulated the establishment and expansion of self-employment and micro-enterprises;
– strengthened the production techniques and management practices of existing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs);
– enhanced the quality, design and packaging of goods and services produced by rural SMEs;
– improved the marketing of SME products;
– increased the access of SMEs to working capital and investment funds, and empowered trade associations and Client organizations.
Adaklu Women Agribusiness Development Initiative (AWADI)
SPONSORS: AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND (AWDF)
Description: The Project seeks to empower rural women economically, through various interventions, by creating viable and sustainable opportunities for self-employment and income generation as a means to household poverty reduction, wealth creation and improved quality of life and gender equality.The AWADI Project is a bread-baking enterprise.
Results: The project has so far supported over 100 women directly and over 500 rural women to enable them rise up to the daily challenges of meeting their household and economic needs.
– Unemployment levels among women in Adaklu reduced by at least 10% within 6 months of project implementation
– Incomes and purchasing power of women and their households has increased by at least 10% within 6 months after project implementation
– Household consumption levels of target group has appreciated by at least 10% within the same period
Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA)
SPONSORS: BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
Description: The project aims to significantly boost the incomes of small-scale African farmers by linking them to new markets. This goal is expected to be achieved through the use of innovative interventions to capacitate farmers, village processing units and market intermediaries to competitively deliver high quality cassava-based products to a well sensitized market
Results: The Project took off in March 2009 and as at now (August 2009), about 1,000 farmers, farmer processors, and processors have been engaged and embraced the project. Male: Female ratio is 40:60. Total acreage of cassava cultivated so far is 1,100.
However, it’s expected that C:AVA-Ghana will collaborate with ASRuD to develop value chains for High Quality Cassava flour (HQCF) in Ghana, to improve the livelihoods and incomes of at least 20,000 smallholder households as direct beneficiaries including women and disadvantaged groups.
It will promote the use of HQCF as a versatile raw material for which diverse markets have been identified in pilot studies.
Educational Support for Needy Children (ESNEC)
SPONSORS: GERMAN-AFRICAN CO-OPERATION (DAZ)
Description: The aim of ASRuD’s ESNEC Scheme is to solicit for and provide support and sponsorship for rural and distressed children to have access to eleven (11) years of basic and (or) four (4) years of Senior High School education in Ghana
Results: So far 15 poor and disadvantaged Ghanaian rural children have benefited from this scheme through the provision of school fees and examination fees, school uniforms, text and exercise books, and lunch subsidies etc.
THE GHANA AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND VALUE CHAIN ENHANCEMENT (ADVANCE) PROJECT
Description:The Ghana Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) Project is a project that intends to provide a comprehensive approach to improving competitiveness of a wide range of value chain commodities and related input and output market systems
The ADVANCE project focuses on three (3) main components, designed to transform Ghana’s agricultural sector through increased competitiveness in domestic, regional and international markets. These are:
- value chain competitiveness
- market access and development
- access to financial services.
This will lead to significant increases in incomes of rural smallholders and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and ultimately contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction in Ghana.
ADVANCE is also intended to provide demand-driven technical assistance and training to approximately 6,000 direct beneficiaries (farmers/farmer organizations and other value chain actors including, but not limited to, processors, aggregators and buyers) in the following value chains:
- High value vegetables
ASRuD will work with ACDI/VOCA in using a value chain approach in identifying constraints to be addressed through program activities, including, but not limited to:
- Introducing best practices and improved technologies for improved production and post-harvest
- Developing capacity of producers to meet end market demands by conducting training on topics such as farming as a business, marketing, etc.
- Strengthening linkages and relationships between value chain actors, including producers, input suppliers and buyers.
Result: Project kick-started in August 2009 and no quantifiable results have been achieved as yet.