Soil and Oil: Pase Ghana

Project Location: Wa, UWR, Ghana

Start Date: February 2015

Est. completion Date: January 2016

Soil and Oil: Pase, Ghana

Background

The community of Pase in the Upper West Region of Ghana lives in an area depleted of trees due to unsustainable farming practices, wild fires and felling trees for fuel and for making charcoal. This in turn has resulted in the erosion of farm lands, soil infertility and consequently poor harvests.

Trees which once brought economic benefit to the community such as shea nut and dawadawa have dwindled while wild fruits such as tamarind are almost non-existent.

With increasing malnutrition and reduced livelihoods many people are now forced to leave the area.

However Sungmaale Integrated Herbalists Association have been working with the Pase community for a number of years to tackle these problems and through the ITF and Worktop Express funded grant they will be continuing their work.

Project Aims

The project will be assisting the community to restore degraded lands through the planting of over 22,000 trees, woodlot establishment and wildfire management, while working with farmers to increase their knowledge of sustainable land management practices. They will also support women to diversify their family’s incomes by developing alternative livelihoods such as making soap and pomade, selling fruit and honey.

Tree Focus

Moringa Oleifera is a tree which is well known and the farmers will be trained to harvest and process the leaves which are most nutritious part of the plant, to improve their children’s nutrition. The leaves are a significant source of vitamins A, B, C, K and protein, manganese and beta-carotene.

One of the tree’s common names is the benzoil tree so not surprisingly the seeds will be harvested and sold to oil millers for additional income. The Albizia sometimes referred to as the silk tree, or sirise will benefit the local community in many ways. They can use the wood to make hoe handles and local furniture and as the flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees, beekeeping should thrive and produce good yields.

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