On-going Active Projects
Developing countries such as Ghana depend on mining activities as one of the major sources of foreign exchange. Since mining deals with depletable resources and also compete with other land use activities in communities, it is important that Sustainable Livelihood Projects (SLPs) are developed to equip inhabitants of mining communities with skills to improve upon their economic lives independent of mining.
To address the above issues, the Minerals Commission conducted a study in year 2001 which resulted in identification of likely sustainable livelihood projects in these mining communities. The study recommended oil palm plantation as the immediate most sustainable project for mining fringe communities. In all 17 mining companies and 61 mining communities were covered under the study.
This is also to ensure that mining communities do not become ghost towns even after cessation of mining.
The project intends to:
◙ Galvanize existing farmer groups in the targeted communities to establish coherent producer-shareholder commercial entity to produce oil palm
◙ Link successful rural export development with the prevailing farming systems to produce staple food crops as inter crops to generate short term revenue and ensure food security prior to maturity of the oil palm
◙ Mobilise illegal miners (galamseys) and sensitise them into adopting the project as a more lucrative, less hazardous means of livelihood.
◙ Generate employment both direct and indirect
◙ Strengthen the efforts at diversifying Ghana’s export earnings by increasing the participation of private sector rural farmers in the production of oil palm.
◙ Reduce poverty and contribute significantly to the development of these rural catchment areas.
◙ Stem the tide of rural – urban migration
A pilot project was established in 5 communities (Nsuta-Mbease, Huni-Valley, Himan, Kokoase/Bogoso, Awudua) in the Prestea Huni Vally District of the Western Region in 2007. The project established a total of 23,000 acres of oil palm plantation. The project also employed approximately 23,000 people.
Based on the success of the Prestea- Huni Valley pilot project, the concept was replicated at the Dunkwa-Ayanfuri area of the Central Region. Currently the project has expanded beyond the initial area to parts of the Western and Ashanti Regions.
A total of 118 farming communities have benefited from the project so far. This covers three regions and seven Districts Assemblies. The regions are Ashanti, Western and Central. The project, which initially started in Upper Denkyira East and West, has been extended to cover other areas due to the high interest shown by potential beneficiaries.
Details of the Project Communities
|1||CENTRAL||Upper Denkyira East||Dunkwa, Buabeng, Kyekyewere, Esikuma, Agrave|
|Upper Denkyira West||Diaso, Kwamekrakrom, Dominase, Nkronia|
|Twifu Hemang Lower Denkyira||Kwamoano, Jukwaa, Jukwaa Nfoum, Wawase|
|Twifo Ati Mokwa Mampomaa||Acquakrom, Bepoben, Aboabo, Moseaso|
|2||ASHANTI||Amansie Central Bepotintin||Fenaso Nkwanta|
|Adansi South Adamso||Ampunyase|
|3||WESTERN||Wassa Amenfi East||Nsuaem 1 & 2,|
So far, a total of 29,000 acres of oil palm plantation has been established from 2013 to 2018 in the 7 Districts listed above.
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