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Okuafo Pa for agriculture training

The project, launched in 2019, was set up to encourage and diversify development and agricultural enterprise in the Bono region of Ghana.

A 40-hectare campus houses workshops for entrepreneurs and farmers

The centre, located in Dormaa East in the Bono region, is a pilot initiative of the Africa Project which aims to support economic diversification in the agricultural sector through the transfer of skills and support for entrepreneurship, in particular through self-sustainable agricultural consortia. The Okuafo Pa campus covers 40 hectares and includes experimental laboratories and cultivable areas of land. It will provide theoretical and practical professional training to 800 students per year in agriculture, agri-food and animal husbandry. The training course, developed in collaboration with local universities, is a practical answer to the training needs of farmers with a second course for training entrepreneurs. In addition to training activities, the project will facilitate access to microcredit and the labour market. The centre was opened in November 2019. During the opening ceremony, we signed a Cooperation Agreement with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, in their role as a financial institution for international development cooperation, for the definition of sustainable development initiatives in the business and agro-industrial sector. The document also provides for collaboration in defining mechanisms to access credit for local communities and the use of international funds available for sustainable development projects.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action programme signed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states. It includes 17 goals for socio-economic development of communities and local areas. In line with the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, twelfth and seventeenth goals, with this project we contribute to ending all forms of poverty (Goal 1), to provide quality, fair and inclusive education (Goal 4), to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls (Goal 5), to guarantee the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation (Goal 6), to encourage lasting, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (Goal 8), to guarantee sustainable production and consumption models (Goal 12), to strengthen the means of implementation and renew the global partnership for sustainable development (Goal 17).

 

Safety first

For us, workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. That is why we implement all the necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risks, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety.

Technologies we use

The campus is entirely powered by photovoltaic panels, making it self-sufficient and highly efficient.

Impact on the environment and communities

The campus is the first step of the project which aims to define a sustainable model that can be replicated in other regions of Ghana and other sub-Sahara African countries, with a positive impact on production activities and employment opportunities. The campus will leverage local employment, generate revenue from agricultural activities and develop a cooperative model for the value chain of each product.

The value of experience

Professional training and the acquisition of skills is a precondition on any path to social and economic development. We want to play an active role in defining virtuous paths of sustainable growth in the countries where we operate and this project is a concrete example of what we can do if we pool our resources with those of our partners.

Partnerships

The project is developed with the Government of Ghana, through the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) and is aligned with the Ghana Beyond Aid government programme. We operate in partnership with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti which ensures the most appropriate mechanisms for accessing credit are identified and with Coldiretti and Bonifica Ferraresi which guarantee support in the start-up of agricultural activities.