CURRENT ACTIVITIES

1.Working with Christian Aid Ghana to develop the value chains of six selected vegetables in Northern Ghana. (Trainings on Organic GAP, IPM, Collective Marketing, Group Dynamics, Composting, Pesticide Regulation Policies, and others. There is also market linkages through market engagement fora, exhibitions and fares with a component on advocacy for reduced costs of certification)

 

2. Working with the BUSAC Fund and its partners to advocate for appropriate inputs and certification for organic farming in Ghana.

Previous Activities

PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES CAOF over the years have undertaken various projects successfully, some of which include;

  • Working with the BUSAC Fund to advocate on the dangers involved in the misuse of chemicals. This advocacy process was carried to even the parliamentary select committee on Agriculture. This has led to the enactment of the pesticide regulation policy and we hope the next medium term agricultural policy of Ghana will include organic farming.
  • We have also featured in the Time for Climate Justice and We Have Faith Conference and made contributions at COP17. Time for Climate Justice is a global movement led by APRODEV, the association of the 17 major development aid organizations in Europe and working close partners in the global south. We Have Faith is a Pan-African movement of people, faith communities, faith leaders and youth mobilized to represent Africa at COP17.
  • CAOF has been working with the Ghana Grows Organic Consortium which is made up of Christian Aid Ghana, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Ghana and Concern Universal Ghana to implement the Northern Ghana Green Markets Projects since 2010. This project piloted the Ghana Green Label Standard in the north and contributed a lot to fine-tuning the Ghana Green Label scheme which was finally launched in September, 2015.

Project News and Updates

Harvesting of Green Pepper

Advocacy Gets Results

As part of CAOFs advocacy activities, CAOF engaged the ministry of Agriculture on the poor access to organic inputs by smallholder organic farmers in northern Ghana. This advocacy action was supported by the Busac Fund and its partners, DANIDA, USAID and the European Union. At the end of the advocacy certain agreements were reached between…
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CAOF Hosts 3rd Quarter Organic Networking Session

CAOF in collaboration with the Ecological Organic Agriculture Platform of Ghana (EOAP-G) held the third quarterly networking session for organic agriculture stakeholders in Bolgatanga. The meeting was well attended by various stakeholders including academia, farmers, input dealers and policy makers. Presentations were made on pest control and organic vertinery services. The Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)…
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CAOF through its member organizations train farmers on composting

One of the biggest challenges to farmers in northern Ghana is how to improve their soil fertility. As a result of poverty most small holder farmers cannot get access to organic fertilizer to improve the fertility of their soils. Some farmers also resort to using chemical fertilizer which are cheaper due to government subsidies. These…
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Sack bag technology of farming introduced to farmers

Introduction In our efforts to promote organic farming in Ghana, the Coalition for the Advancement of Organic Farming (CAOF) with the support of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Ghana and Christian Aid Ghana seeks to develop the vegetables value chains in Ghana. VSO Ghana under its livelihoods works stream has been partnering with Christian Aid and…
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Demonstration of dry season organic farming in Beo Tankoo

The people of Beo Tankoo and Beo Nayire both in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region of Ghana have undergone some Good Organic Agricultural Farming Practices and how to grow organic crops in the dry season. These smallholder farmers had a project that dug two wells and mechanized them for dry season farming…
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CAOF smallholder farmers trained on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Practices

The Coalition through its member organizations with the support of Christian Aid has trained over 3,500 small holders on how to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Practices to control pest on their farms. Farmers were drawn from various communities in the Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana. Project officers from various member organizations used…
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