Moringa Livelihood Empowerment Project.
Today was a special day to celebrate in the community of Biihee. Our team has been working with the chief and community members in the areas of sanitation, education, agriculture and women’s empowerment.
We distributed 5000 Moringa seeds to a total of 100 farmers (80 women/20men). Our Moringa Livelihood Empowerment Project which seeks to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development goals 1,2,3 and 5.
Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere)
Goal 2 ( End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture)
Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages)
Goal 5 ( Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls)
We observed from the community and surrounding villages in the Upper West Region relied so much on the shea tree for firewood and their daily livelihoods. Most of these women resorted to the cutting down of the tree to support their livelihoods.
Upon the introduction of the Moringa plant, we educated majority of the women on in the economic benefits and nutritional value of this super food. It was important to involve women to close the gender-equity gap that we find in Northern Ghana.
Caring Volunteers Network-CAVNET will link these women to ready markets after the Moringa is harvested. The project seeks to achieve the following;
1. Increase their incomes by approximately 60% as it going to be an additional income generating activity.
2. The women would be trained to use Moringa in their daily meals to improve upon the nutritional status of the community, especially children.
3. Shea tree conservation. Once there is an alternative source of income provided, the cutting of the shea tree would be reduced by 80% therefore preserving it for other economic benefits.