WUZDA Ghana Monthly Round up of Major Activities for August

Field Visits on FaPUOWaFLiS Project

The field team on the Farm – Promoting Urban Organic Waste for Food and Livelihood Security (FaPUOWaFLiS) project visited the various communities for monitoring on how the crops were faring since the farmers planted them.

These monitoring visits were carried out by the Program Officer in charge of Agronomy, Mustapha Fuseini and the Drip Technician, Dawuda Sulemana.

Visits to Prisons School Complex and Communities on “The Right to be a Girl”

Program Officer in charge of Gender and WASH Marketing, Sulemana Abdul Karim, M & E Officer, Ibrahim Abdul Ganiyu, Media and Communitions Officer, Shaibu Awudu, together with German Volunteer, Matthias Rauthman, paid visits to the Prisons School Complex in the Sagnarigu Municipality and Dakpemyili in the North East Gonja District of the Savannah Region.

These visits were in preparation for the third phase implementation of the “Right to be a Girl – Policy Prioritization as Factor” project, which starts in September, 2022.

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Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly Sanitation Bazaar

WUZDA Ghana, as a partner in development in the Sagnarigu Municipality, was invited by the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly to take part in a sanitation bazaar it has organized for the partners to showcase the varieties and options they have, to help in improving services and to end open defecation in the municipality.

WUZDA Ghana took the opportunity to exhibit the various toilet options it has, in innovation solution, for the benefit of households and institutions’ sanitation improvement.

Vaccine Hesitancy Project Activities in Buipe

The Vaccine hesitancy project, known as the “ProBESPCoD”, is being implemented in communities in the Northern and Savannah Regions. This is being carried out by eight organizations, who are responsible for 2 communities each within the target districts.

WUZDA Ghana, is responsible for the implementation of the activities in Yipala in Buipe and Kotia and Amanja in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region.

As part of the activities in August, WUZDA Ghana carried out a data collection exercise, which targeted the health personnel to ascertain the level of hesitancy that still exists in the target communities.

Also, a durbar and meeting with the communities was held for purposes of sensitization and feedback collection on the outcome of the activities implemented so far.

Press Release: RE: International Day of the African Child – IDAC 2022

16th June, 2022

WUZDA Ghana has over the years been championing the course of ensuring all children of school going age get the opportunity to be in school. This, the organization believes is one of the surest ways the country can begin to reduce the harmful effects that accompany child school drop outs.

The International Day of the African Child 2022 calls for advocacy for the child to have access to quality education without barriers.

The theme “Eliminating harmful Practices Affecting Children: Progress on Policy and Practice Since 2013”, puts side by side, the efforts of policy makers and implementers, as well as complimenting agencies such as WUZDA Ghana, to push efforts aimed at making education much better for the African child.

WUZDA Ghana in all our programmes put the interests of the child ahead, because we believe if the rights of the child are protected well enough, the narrative will be changed, with society raising more responsible adults.

Even our various programmatic approaches which seek to empower the woman, put the child as the priority, where we believe the woman’s empowerment helps her to better support the child’s education and health.

Aside our projects which directly focus on improving education and ending child marriage, providing access to safe sanitation services to households and institutions, our vegetable cultivation support project for rural communities known as “FaPUOWaFLiS”, enables households to engage in economically viable farming, which helps improve their nutrition and economic wellbeing, extending mainly to the child.

The following are ways you can join in celebration of the African child and to make a difference in your community:

1.      Make a donation to a child facility that is in need.

2.      Volunteer at a local school in your community or spend some quality time with some kids, with the little you have.

3.      Learn more about the issues of Africa, her history, her various peoples as well as her kids and their challenges, or teach it to others.

Make a difference today!

Happy African Child Day!

Shaibu Awudu

(Media/ Communications Officer)

PRESS RELEASE – International Earth Day 2022 – 22nd April, 2022

By: WUZDA Ghana Communications

What if nature existed not? What if the environment was not conducive enough to house humans? What if humans had extreme difficulty in breathing and living, due to the absence of nature? Is that even possible?

On Earth Day today, WUZDA Ghana needs you to reflect on these questions, which could ‘kill’ mother earth, if you do not check your activities.

You can help build a future where nature and people thrive. It starts with how you treat the environment from today.

 Poor sanitation is one of the ways the nature suffers from human activity. According to the Water and Sanitation Programme of Ghana’s website, in Ghana, approximately 19,000 Ghanaians, including 5,100 children under 5, die each year from diarrhea – nearly 90% of which is directly attributed to poor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

WUZDA Ghana’s “Farm – Promoting Urban Organic Waste for Food and Livelihood Security” project, contributes to saving freshwater and preserving water sources in the rural areas of Northern Ghana, with its usage of drip technology for watering vegetables in some communities.

The project also encourages the use of organic compost for the cultivation of the vegetables, to ensure nature breaths fine.

Through the ‘FaPUOWAFLiS’ project, we protect the Climate, Forests, Freshwater and ensure Food Security.

What are you doing? You can go from zero to planet hero this 2022! “Invest In our Planet“, as the theme for Earth Day – 2022, enjoins you to engage in “tiny actions” such as, source sustainable produce, reuse and upcycle waste, reduce food waste and reconnect with nature.

Take action today! It involves you! Mother earth can either die or survive through your action!

Happy International Earth Day 2022!

Signed

Shaibu Awudu – Media and Communications Officer

WUZDA Ghana on IDSC – 2022; call for Policy and Action as Means to Ending Streetism

The International Day for Street Children – 2022 has once again provided an opportunity for government agencies in charge of child welfare, as well as the CSO, to reflect on efforts being put into ridding the streets of children who go through unimaginable hardships to live.

WUZDA Ghana has over the years taken interest in the welfare of all children and has provided several platforms through which stakeholders can engage and support street – connected children, to live like any other child.

This year’s IDSC, as celebrated every 12th April, was under the global theme “Stories from the street; building trust, building futures”, out of which WUZDA Ghana had a celebration theme, as ““Needs of the street child, the story so far, pushing for better lives for street – connected children”.

This celebration theme, is supposed to remind all stakeholders, including government agencies in charge of child welfare, about the basic and various needs of the street child, as well as the strategies that could be employed to end the menace of streetism.

The activities for the year’s celebration of the IDSC included radio discussions to remind the public about the societal responsibility to ending streetism.

Radio platforms such as Radio Justice, Radio Tawasul, Radio Tamale and Neesim FM, were used to send out messages of call for participation in discussions about the need for society to know and pay attention to the needs of the street child.

This year, WUZDA Ghana in partnership with Chance for Children and the Consortium for Street Children, as funded by Mundo Cooperante, with data gathered from the previous year’s IDSC, fed 140 street children along the Aboabo market streets and in the Tamale Central market.

The children were elated to have enjoyed hot and well cooked meals with meat and drinks, some for the first time and others for the first time in a long while.

WUZDA Ghana found that some of the children on the streets of Tamale live with their parents; single or both, who do not care about their welfare, which is why the child would go through the streets every day to find what to feed on and get back home very late at night to sleep.

This is why this year’s activities also targeted some parents of the children to begin engaging, to ascertain the reasons behind their pushing responsibility of their children to the streets.

There was a street procession by supposed leaderships of the street children, which ended with the children presenting petitions to the Northern Region’s Department of Children and the Tamale Metropolitan Department of Social Welfare, on their needs as they are made live on the streets.

During the procession, the children wielded placards, some of which read “ Build our stories, build our futures”, “we street kids are going through a lot”, help us, we eat and sleep on the streets”, “street children deserve better”, etc.

On the 12th , which was used to climax the entire celebration, stakeholders were brought together in a forum, to discuss the various key and actionable approaches that must be employed to reduce the numbers of street children especially beginning from the streets of Tamale.

The stakeholders who were government agencies on child protection and welfare at the forum included the Department of Children, Department of Social Welfare, Department of Gender, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, the National Commission on Civic Education, the Ghana Immigration Service and the Ghana Police Service.

The other stakeholders included Chance for Children, Fountain of Blessings for Nations, Songtaba Self Help initiative, Sung Foundation, as well as the media.

Stakeholder after stakeholder, took turns and to speak and all called for plans and policies to be put in place by governments to forge a path for all stakeholders to follow, where all activities on streetism could be streamlined, to avoid duplication of efforts and to help achieve concrete results.

The influx of foreign children on the streets of Tamale who are allegedly brought in by older men and women for business, was not left out of the discussion, where the Ghana Immigration Service indicated that there are efforts being made to ensure the phenomenon is curtailed.

Some challenges were outlined, as faced by the government agencies in charge of the welfare and protection of children, mainly being the lack of, or inadequate financial and human resources, to allow for proper implementation and monitoring of the already existing plans and policies on protecting the rights of children, to which end, there would be drastic reduction in the numbers of street children.

The key action plan from this year’s IDSC celebration and especially, the stakeholder engagement is the creation of a platform for continuous engagements and discussions on way forward on how to end streetism.

WUZDA Ghana’s celebration of the International Day for Street Children – 2022, was in partnership with the Consortium for Street Children, Chance for Children, and funded by Mundo Cooperante.

WUZDA Ghana and Partners Round off First Quarter Activities under CEsMASPRED Project

The “Cost – Effective Strategy Influencing Mass Response to COVID – 19 Vaccine” (CEsMASPRED), being implemented by WUZDA Ghana and its local partners under the Alliance for Future Generations (AFG – Ghana), is a project which aims at complementing the various efforts by the government and some private bodies, towards the recording of 100% vaccination of Ghanaians against the COVID – 19 pandemic.

As of 11th February, 2022, a total of 12,173,367 doses of the COVID – 19 vaccines had been administered across the country. Of this, 4,626,623 (23.1%) of the 20 million of the targeted Ghanaians had been fully vaccinated of the pandemic.

Also, out of the 20 million Ghanaians targeted, 8,532,623 (42.7%) have received at least 1 dose of vaccine, while 91,057 persons have received their first booster dose.

The Cost – Effective Strategy Influencing Mass Response to COVID – 19 Vaccine “CEsMASPRED) project, is contributing in a number of ways, to help in the achievement of the national targets of population to be vaccinated within a period.

The CEsMASPRED’s main objective is to contribute to countering the hesitancy among the populace, regarding the vaccine, as well as break the myths and misconceptions surrounding it, with the provision of information.

Hesitancy among the people regarding the COVID – 19 vaccine, has grown, especially in the rural areas of the Northern Ghana, where many still believe the virus does not even exist, hence, no need for them to be vaccinated.

The “CEsMASPRED” project is being implemented by WUZDA Ghana and 6 other NGOs as implementing partners, in 7 MMDAs across the Northern and Savannah Regions, ie; Tamale Metropolis, Yendi, Savelugu and Sagnarigu Municipalities, Nanton, Central and West Gonja Districts.

Two communities in each MMDA, have been made direct beneficiaries of the eighteen month project, which took off in December, 2021 and will end in May, 2023.

The implementing partners are drawn from the Alliance for Future Generations (AFG – Ghana), to which WUZDA Ghana is a member and hosts the Chair; the highest position in the Alliance.

The IPs include Songtaba, FoRD – Ghana, IMA, WUZDA Ghana, CIWED, CEO and AFORD Foundation.

The activities for the first quarter for each IP, included an inception exercise in each of the communities, baseline data collection, community durbar in each community and a capacity building exercise for the community health volunteers who would be gathering information on the state of vaccination and sending out information from the IP to the residents.

Each implementing partner, is working in two communities in two MMDAs, but has an additional responsibility of being a technical reference to a specific call of a wider area of development.

This additional responsibility, is expected to help the communities in the solutions of some of their long – term developmental challenges.

The 18 – month “Cost – Effective Strategy Influencing Mass Response to COVID – 19 Vaccine – CEsMASPRED” project, is being funded by Difaem.

The project is also in close collaboration with the Ghana Health Service in the respective MMDAs.

Below are photos of the activities from each IP’s in the communities.

WUZDA Ghana’s activities in Buipe Yipala and Kotia and Amanja in Yapei – Central Gonja District>>>

FoRD Ghana’s Activities in Nyoglo and Libiga in the Savelugu Municipality>>>

AFORD Foundation’s Activities in Damongo and Laribanga in the West Gonja Municipality>>>

Songtaba’s Activities in Gnani and Yendi in the Yendi Municipality>>>

IMA’s Activities in Wovogu and Wovoguma in the Sagnarigu Municipality>>>

CEO’s Activities in Changnaayili in the Tamale Metropolis>>>

CIWED’s Activities in Zieng and Tampion in the Nanton District>>>

WUZDA Ghana Provides Cash Credit to Support Rural Women in Income Generation

Women in Bamvim Dohini have been fortunate to have benefited from WUZDA Ghana’s credit support to improve on their various trading activities, under WUZDA Ghana’s Women Income Generation Support, as part of the Livelihood Initiatives programme.

The aim of the credit support, is to help raise the level of income generation by women in rural communities across northern Ghana, through the various economic activities they are engaged in.

Over the past 10 years, WUZDA Ghana has been supporting women in communities in and around Tamale, both in cash and training, to aid them better manage their trading activities.

In December, 2021, the Suglo Nbori Buni Women Group in Bamvim Dohini, which has a membership of 15, was advanced with a total amount of Gh¢16,900 as credit support, which was distributed across, for improvement of their various petty trades.

The women, who are mostly involved in buying and selling of wares and cooked food, were put together in a grouping, to increase their capacities and understanding in group and household management.

This group formation and management is also meant to help WUZDA Ghana in the recovery of the funds advanced to the women.

Officer in charge of Marketing and Credit, Salifu Mahamud, who also encourages the women to join a group of Village Savings and Loans Association in the community to help check the recovery process, has the responsibility of providing periodic business capacity support to the women and to monitor their trading activities for improvements.

The payment of the credit, is done on a weekly basis, as the officer visits and meets with the group, whose members agree on an amount to be paid periodically.

These funds are from a support fund instituted by WUZDA Ghana, meant to be revolving, which growth is monitored annually, with the management of it reviewed within that period if need be.

Detach Politics from Education to Ensure Quality Delivery – WUZDA Ghana to Government

Programme Manager for WUZDA Ghana, Mr. Abdul Karim Ziblim, has charged politicians to wash their hands off the technical operation of education, if they truly want the sector to succeed in training future leaders.

This call, was made when WUZDA Ghana paid a visit to the Savannah Regional Education Directorate, to discuss factors affecting the enrolment of girls in school in especially the Jentong – Fushila and Dakpemyili communities, where the “Right to be a Girl – Optimized A24Y – Policy Prioritization as a Factor” project is being implemented.

The Jentong – Fushila and Dakpemyili communities have very low numbers of girls in school, due on one hand to the lack of, or low levels of understanding of the importance of education by parents and the lack of facilities and government interventions targeting support for rural communities in the area of formal education, on the other.

Mr. Abdul Karim who led the team to meet the Savannah Regional Director of Education and his team, reiterated the need for more to be done by all stakeholders in the area, to help increase the enrolment of girls, since they fall within the vulnerable grouping, with less opportunities as their male counterparts.

Gender Desk Officer for WUZDA Ghana and Program Officer of the “Optimized A24Y – Policy Prioritization as a Factor” project, Felicia Kaawie recounted her engagements with the communities and the results that came thereof.

WUZDA Ghana team; Programme Manager, M&E Officer meeting NE Gonja District Education Director

WUZDA Ghana in the past week, has been engaging the Education Directorates of the North East Gonja District and the Savannah Region, to discuss solutions to some factors contributing to low enrolment of the girl child in school in the region.

Some communities in the Savannah Region have very low numbers of girls of school going age in school, due partly to the low understanding of parents of the importance of formal education.

Communities like Jentong – Fushila and Dakpemyili each have less than 10% of the girls in the communities in school. Majority of the residents in these communities are engaged mainly in farming and petty trading as sources of livelihoods, while some of them have no sources of income for survival. This is affecting the education of children, especially girls in those communities.

WUZDA Ghana is intervening in Jentong – Fushila and Dakpemyili communities, mainly to support them through series of engagements, to make them understand the importance of education for the child, especially the girl.

To tackle the challenges with regards to infrastructure and government approach to school enrolment and child support, WUZDA Ghana has been engaging the education directorates in the North East Gonja District and the Savannah Region itself.

WUZDA Ghana team; Programme Manager, Gneder Desk Officer in a meeting with Savannah Region Education Director

Savannah Regional Education Director, Mumuni Mbonwura Francis conceded that there are some challenges to do with education in the rural areas.

According to Mr. Mbonwura, the escalation of the challenges with education in the rural areas, is mainly as a result of a lack of priority approach, which come with limited resources for education.

Addressing the findings by WUZDA Ghana that the withdrawal of the School Feeding Programme in Jentong – Fushila and Dakpemyili has negatively affected the quality of education in those communities, the education director mentioned that the feeding in school was introduced mainly to help pupils and students in the deprived communities since parents in those areas have none, or low income generating activities and need support.

Mr. Mbonwura after revealing that the School Feeding Programme is not being handled by the Ghana Education Service, assured the team that he will look into the issue and find some resolution to it. Mr. Abdul Karim Ziblim bemoaned the interference of politicians in the affairs of some technical sectors of the economy, including education.

He said the fact that a key intervention and a problem solving approach as the School Feeding Programme is left to be managed through politics, makes it unlikely for the realization of its objective.

The Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP) which started in 2005, is an initiative of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), which seeks to enhance food security and reduce hunger in line with the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

However, overtime, with governments changing hands, the programme has suffered many setbacks, with political parties in power appointing their executives to lead in running and managing it, instead of adding it as a programme, to the responsibilities of the Ghana Education Service.

WUZDA Ghana and Partners Celebrate Girls on IDGC – 2021

This year’s International Day of the Girl Child had a focus on exposing the girl child to the digitization turn the world has taken, and how she can explore and learn from and through various online portals and activities.

The IDGC 2021 theme, “Digital generation, our generation”, raised conversation on the need for the girl child to become aware of e – learning approaches and media available for her learning and earning, should anything hit the world unprepared again, as the COVID – 19 pandemic did.

According to the Generation Equality Forum which came off in June and July, 2020, many girls around the world, especially in rural areas have less or no access to the internet and internet devices, compared to boys.

This, the forum says has been compounded by the pandemic, making more girls perform poorly in school and some dropping out completely.

WUZDA Ghana has consistently since 2019 implemented various activities every October on the IDGC, to advocate for better protection of the rights of the girl child.

The 2021 theme provided opportunity for WUZDA Ghana and partners to assess the understanding and access by students on our A24Y Project, to the various enhanced learning initiatives instituted by government to allow for girls to learn outside the classroom.

Our findings showed that, of the 180 girls on the “Optimized A24Y – Policy Prioritization as a Factor” project, less than 6% have access to the internet, while less than 3% own internet devices to support their access to the e – learning platforms.

The IDGC Week – long Activities

The girls, discussing the IDGC on Neesim FM – Tamale

The week – long activities on the IDGC this year started with a radio tour, where the girls were panelists in radio stations to discuss and educate the public on the need for the IDGC and for more attention to be paid to the growth of the girl child.

The girls also took turns to discuss issues of child marriage and its effects on the growth of the girl, as well as the causes and effects of teenage pregnancy.

The girls at the main IDGC Event ground

On the main event day of the IDGC; 11th October, IT Specialist, Mr. Hamidu Fuseini took time to educate the girls on the various platforms that are available on radio, TV and online for e – learning, as well as how to access them.

He also showed them some of the devices needed for one to access these platforms.

According to Hamidu Fuseini, “no girl can survive in the world of today, without any knowledge of IT, because the world itself has been digitized, even if it is being done arguably at a slow pace”.

He therefore encouraged the girls to read more, research more and ask more questions relating to the online materials that they come across, as a sure way to enhancing their knowledge on IT, for the world cannot wait for them.

A shot from the video production on the Masai bracelet weaving, which was shown to the girls

The day also saw girls acquire training on the weaving of the maasai bead bracelet which was done virtually, as a video was shown to them from a shop where production takes place, by a University student.

Representative for the Department of Social Welfare, Tamale, Mr. Abdul – Malik Awal explained to the girls about the mandate of the department and how it intervenes in providing welfare for the girl child.

WUZDA Ghana’s partner in the area of child development, Chance for Children, also had its representative, Mr. Thomas Jayen remind the girls about the need to help their colleagues on the streets who do not have the privileges to go to school as they do.

He called on the girls present to direct children they find on the streets of Tamale to the offices of Chance for Children for help on how they can also access opportunities and grow as normal children.

A shot of the WUZDA – Mundo Digi – mentorship whatsapp platform

The final and perhaps most important part of the celebration of the day, was the launch of the WUZDA – Mundo Digi – Mentorship platform, which is expected to provide the girls the opportunity to discuss matters of personal to them, on adolescence and growth.

This platform will be facilitated by a young lady in a university, Rachel Antwi, who is a mentor and teacher, with years of experience on topics and areas of importance to the growth of the girl.

Discussions on the platform will be coordinated by WUZDA Ghana’s Gender Desk Officer, Kaawie Felicia.

There has come the need for the girls, especially those in the Second Cycle level, to be guided on the kind of information they need to consume and those that require trashing.

This guidance and monitoring of information flow to the girls, is in line with the objective of the project, which connotes the title, “After 24 Years” before marriage.

The 2021 International Day of the Girl Child activities implementation, was funded by WUZDA Ghana’s partner in girl child development, Mundo Cooperante.

WUZDA Ghana’s Activity on Tracking Sales of Vegetables in Project Communities

WUZDA Ghana has over the past eighteen months been supporting communities in the Tamale Metropolis and Sagnarigu and Savelugu Municipalities in the cultivation of vegetables.

This initiative, under the project; “Farm – Promoting Urban Organic Waste for Food and Livelihood Security (FaPUOWaFLiS)”, is aimed at helping improve the economic levels of residents in the beneficiary communities.

Libiga, Datoyili, Wovogu, Wovoguma, Duunyin and Manguli have had various supports ranging from land acquisition and ownership solely for the community for vegetable cultivation, installation of drip technology to help in water utilization, seeds support for nursing, training and education on various farming best practices and many more.

As part of the training given to the farmers, avenues for sales are made for them to be able to sell the vegetables, since marketing is one of the main challenges facing farmers especially in remote areas.

Every harvesting season, WUZDA Ghana’s Program and Marketing and Credit Officers visit the communities to assess the quantity of wares and to advise the farmers on what to do in terms of recording the sales they make.

Women farmers in the Libiga community harvesting the ‘Bra leaves’ (Hibiscus)

A recent visit to the Wovoguma community showed the farm groups made a total sale of GH¢120.00 for the Bra leaves (Hibiscus).

For beans, they made a total sale of GH¢210.00 and GH¢100.00 total sale for cucumber. These sales were made from the individual farms on the field being managed by the group members.

In Duunyin, the individual farms on the field were washed away by rainwater, making it difficult for the farmers to harvest any of the okro they planted.

However, the group farm for the community survived, where the farmers were able to harvest some cucumber they planted, giving them total sales of GH¢ 135.50.

Healthy ‘Ayoyo’ leaves from the Libiga group farm

Both the individual and group farms in Libiga were healthy without signs of any pests or diseases on the crops, or any signs of flood causing destruction on the farm, according to the Marketing and Credit Officer.

The Libiga group farm gave the farmers a total sale of GH¢280.00, while the individual farms gave them a total sale of GH¢352.00, both realized from the ‘Ayoyo leaves’.

The field in Datoyili suffered some destruction as the Marketing and Credit Officer visited to ascertain the state of the farms and to track the sales of the vegetables in the community.

Some of the drip tapes were buried in a separate activity outside the farm, which resulted from one part of the farm fence coming down, making some of the planted cucumber in the field getting buried.

The farmers in the Datoyili community nonetheless made some sales from okro they planted at the beginning of the season, where they made total sales of GH¢352.00.

The okro and cucumber (Pointsett) crop varieties being cultivated by the farmers have harvesting periods of between 2 and 3 months, which gives the farmers a cycle of income generation from their all – year- round daily farming activities, including in the dry season.

From this, the next harvesting is expected to be in December, if planting on the fields in the communities take place in September, without major glitches and any setbacks during germination.

The “Farm – Promoting Urban Organic Waste for Food and Livelihood Security (FaPUOWaFLiS)” project, funded by Bread for the World in Germany, is entering its final quarter of implementation and the beneficiaries in the communities are excited about the intervention that has come to help alleviate poverty in their households.

WUZDA Ghana Assesses Pawpaw Plants in Project Communities

One of the activity components of the “Farm – Promoting Urban Organic Waste for Food and Livelihood Security (FaPUOWaFLiS)” Project is the growing of pawpaw to help improve nutrition, as well as the economic well – being of households within the target communities.

The “FaPUOWaFLiS” project has six communities across the Tamale Metropolis, Sagnarigu and Savelugu Municipals as target beneficiaries, where a selected number of male and female farmers are being supported with various technologies on improved ways of farming value chain, especially in the cultivation of vegetables.

A total of six households in each community were given seeds of the pawpaw variety to nurse and plant in front of their households, as some of the seeds were also planted at the group farms where the vegetables are being cultivated.

Upon the monitoring team’s visit and subsequent assessment, it was found that some of the seeds germinated into plants, but had perished due partly to the low amount of water they were getting.

Also, the team found that none of the pawpaw at the farms of the communities survived the first season.

Other plants had also grown but had not borne fruits because they were male seeds that were planted.

The female seeds planted by some of the households however bore fruits which according to some of them, were the second batch of fruiting they were experiencing. Some of the households the team spoke to, indicated that they did not find any seeds in the fruits from the first harvest.

As the team went round, the communities which had plants with higher number of fruits on them included Libiga and Wovoguma.

The others with a few number of plants; between one and three, bearing fruits, are Datooyili, Duunyin and Manguli. None of the pawpaw plants in the Wovogu community survived, which according to the beneficiaries is partly due to the unavailability of water to water them.

The pawpaw variety bears fruits between thirty and one hundred and twenty, and is due for harvesting within six months.

The “Farm – Promoting Urban Organic Waste for Food and Livelihood Security (FaPUOWaFLiS)” is a two – year project and is funded by Bread for the World in Germany.