OAK Foundation’s Agri-Value Chain Projects have been initiated to help address challenges faced by small-holder farmers in rural communities, particularly women. In Ghana, women in small-holder farming operations face a number of challenges, specifically related to:
- Inaccessibility to fertile arable farmlands
- Complex land tenure systems
- Lack of mechanized equipment for land preparation
- Poor farming practices arising out of limited technical know-how
- Low skill levels
- Limited access to markets
- Limited or no value addition to produce
- No access to finance
- Post-harvest losses
To address and help women small-holder farmers overcome these challenges, OAK Foundation supports the formation of Women Farmer Associations, known as the OAK Women Co-operatives. Through these co-operatives, OAK Foundation implements various Agri-Value Chain initiatives designed to improve farm productivity and economic prospects of its members.
OAK Foundation’s Agri-Value Chain initiatives support its members with
- Mechanized equipment to help with land preparation
- Knowledge and skills training to improve farm practices
- Activations to enhance land utilization and farm productivity
- Innovative access to finance and pre-finance mechanisms
- Post-harvest management practices
- Value-addition, packaging and farm-market linkages
Currently, OAK Foundation has formed Two (2) Women Small-Holder Farm Co-operatives in Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana. These are:
- OAK WOMEN CO-OPERATIVE EJURA.
This Co-operative is based in Ejura in the Ashanti Region, operating small holder farms dedicated to cultivation of maize, beans and rice.
- OAK WOMEN CO-OPERATIVE ASUTSUARE
This Co-operative is based in Asutsuare in the Greater Accra Region, operating small holder farms dedicated to the cultivation rice.