Brief History About CAOF

The Coalition for the Advancement of Organic Farming (CAOF) was formed in 2008/09 and is working with the Ghana Grows Organic project in order to create a “strengthened and vibrant movement of organic producers and consumers promoting Ghanaian organic products nationally and internationally.”.

- The organisations under CAOF have been working with their farmers, training and educating them on the benefits of organic farming both in terms of income sustainability and environmental sustainability. Currently CAOF has a membership of 17 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working closely to promote organic farming in Ghana. Our members work with over 17,000 small holder farmers with women representing fifty-nine (59%) of the total number. CAOF is a coalition of individuals, private, non-profit, voluntary non-governmental organizations in Ghana. The aim of the Coalition is to enhance the development of individuals, Private and Voluntary Organizations and actively engage in policy dialogue with Government to promote an environment, supportive of the development initiatives of its members.

CAOF interventions at the grassroots details a programming framework that builds on indigenous knowledge, reliance and use of local resources and focuses on core areas of sustainable farming and environmental conservation, alternative sources of livelihoods, rural enterprise development and community self-reliance through the process of institution building and training of Community Trainers (CTs) as “lead farmers”. We facilitate formation of farmer groups, sustainable land management committees and train farmers to easily adopt soil and water conservation techniques such as erosion gully control and rehabilitation, composting, tree growing, grass stripping, crop residue management, organic integrated pest management, construction of energy saving mudstoves, intensive wildfire prevention and management and commodity value chain development among others. The new strategy for CAOF looks at moving away from a more advocacy focus to a more practical work in supporting farmers to grow organic food and find markets for the produce. Growing organic still remains the long-term goal but in light of the high standards and costs for organic certification required of farmers to grow organic, supporting farmers to follow good agricultural practices will be used as a stepping stone in the future for our farmers to comply with organic standards. We will do this using all the best organic practices needed to enable us comply with the set standards with or without certification. CAOF is currently the only viable and vibrant agricultural coalition in the country and seeks to expand to other regions. This will make the coalition even stronger with a bigger voice to influence policy in the sector and help in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

MISSION

“to work with farmers in sustainable agriculture and engage in policy dialogue to promote an environment supportive of the production and marketing of healthy farm products”

VISION

 “A world where hunger and poverty are eliminated; Increasing farmers’ income through sustainable agricultural practices”

Objectives

1 Promote the development of individuals and member organizations in Ghana acting as both a focal point in the dissemination of information and a catalyst synergizing the promotion of organic agriculture.

2. Collect, analyse, share and disseminate information relevant to the development process and practice in Ghana, including information on current Government policies and programmes as they relate to socio-economic problems in both urban and rural areas.

3. Co-ordinate the activities of member organizations as they relate, especially, to the aim of the Association, and liaise between them, Government and the business sector.

4. Seek funding to support approved projects and support activities of CAOF and its members from both local and international sources.

Objectives Cont'd

4. To advise the Government on matters of interest of the Association and to integrate NGO efforts more effectively into National Development Programmes.

5. Promote gender equity at both organizational and programme levels within the Association and its associate members

6. Undertake any other activities necessary for the realization of the stated aims and objectives of the Association.

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Where we work

CAOF currently work within the three Northern Regions, namely, Upper East, Savannah, and Northern.

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Administration

The participatory approach is our hall mark. Members and partners come together to identify challenges and find ways of addressing them. Planning starts from the grassroots, from farmers’ level to management. Problem analysis is usually carried out with partners to identify core problems and find solutions to them.

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Board of Directors

The board of directors of CAOF is made of experts from various backgrouds of development work. These individuals volunteer their knowledge and resources to ensure that all activities of CAOF is well scrutinized and and set objectives achievable. 

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Peter T. Anoah

Chairman

Peter Anoah is currently the director of Ghana Institute of Organic Farming and Director of Sirigu Ecological Initiative for Sustainable Development.

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Vincent Subbey

Executive Secretary

Vincent Subbey, CAOF Executive Committee Secretary and Director of Trax Ghana .

Vincent has worked for Trax, a not-for-profit organization since 2002. When he joined Trax he worked as the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme Coordinator, before being promoted to Director in 2007. Vincent has a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management. He has lengthy expertise in sustainable participatory initiatives with farming communities in northern Ghana. Before working for Trax, Vincent worked for then rural forestry division of the Forestry Department of Ghana for five years and was responsible for the implementation of the National Forestry Schemes at the District level

Vincent comes to the CAOF Executive Board with vast knowledge and experience in the management of project interventions that adopt participatory methodologies and enthusiasm in the development and promotion of organic agriculture for environmental sustainability, human and animal health and wealth creation.

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Alfred Asebila Nyaapika

Executive Committee organizer

CAOF Executive Committee organizer and Director TUMAM GHANA.

Mr. Asebila Alfred Nyaapika has worked for TANDA; a community based organization as a development Co-ordinator since 2008. He currently works with TUMAM GHANA; a local NGO as the Executive Director. He holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources and environmental Governance from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He has enormous experience in community mobilization, advocacy and grass roots participatory development strategies.

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Priscilla A. Nyaaba

Ag. Executive Director

With more than nine years of work experience with the Ghana Health Services, Priscilla Nyaaba is a Nursing Officer, Public Health, and the Ag. Executive Director of Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana.

Her vision is to become a self-sufficient and a reliant public health professional contributing to bringing relief to her generation by developing her community through voluntarism and advocacy. Her passion for women rights is matched by her commitment to empowering young girls to achieve their full potential in their personal life and professional development.

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Solomon Atigah

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I come from Kugaseigu, a village in the Tempane District of the Upper East Region of Ghana. I schooled in the Nalerigu Secondary, Nandom Secondary, University of Cape Coast, and University for Development studies and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

I have training in accounting and development studies. My carrier has seen me through a long period of engagement at the Presbyterian Agric station. First I was employed as the Accountant of the station and later appointed the programme Manager of the organization after some time of studies. I have served on a number of boards including Bessfa Rural bank, Presbyterian Agric Services North, Tempane Senior High and others.