AGRONOMIC SUPPORT IN CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE , COMMUNITY SENSITIZATION AND MONITORING SUPPORT FOR THE "TRAINING AND EXTENSION FOR CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE IN THE SAVANNAHs"

The Market-Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP) seeks to improve the sustainability of agricultural land use and the productivity of agriculture in the Upper West and Northern Regions. One means of achieving this will be through the establishment of an organization being called “Training and Extension for Conservation Agriculture in the Savannahs” (TECAS). The mission of TECAS will be to promote intensified agriculture in conservation agriculture (CA) system. TECAS will work with groups organized under a nucleus farmer enterprise, a farmer-based organisation (FBO), or a cooperative.

Role Of The Howard G. Buffett Foundation|Centre for No-till Agriculture

  1. Backstopping and extension support to TECAS Field Advisors prior to major field operations at demo plots (regular field visits, phone support, and emergency pest/disease control support)

  2. Organization of trainings for TECAS field advisors and assisting in training

  3. Support the various TECAS communities in CA sensitization and mobilization towards creating environments that enable the adoption of CA

  4. Support to field advisors in data collection at demo and client plots

  5. Assisting in TECAS administrative tasks like equipment purchase and business interactions with TECAS field advisors and nucleus farmers

  6. Establishing some cropping systems and variety trials at the CNTA demo farm that are additional to what was already planned by CNTA and collecting data.

GROW AHEAD INTERNATIONAL FARMER-TO-FARMER TRAINING PROGRAM

GROW AHEAD INTERNATIONAL FARMER-TO-FARMER TRAINING PROGRAM

The Grow Ahead Farmer-to-Farmer project is being implemented in partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Centre for No-Till Agriculture (CNTA) in three communities in the Atwima Kwanwoma district of the Ashanti region of Ghana. The beneficiary groups are from Nweneso, from Trabuom and from Afrancho.

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAM

The project aims at introducing conservation agriculture to members of the three farmer groups in the three communities through the implementation of a learning plot in each of the communities. Members of the beneficiary groups are expected to go through one complete season of engagement with the CNTA and would be required to implement same on their individual plots the following season and use those plots to train their neighbouring farmers in the Farmer-to-Farmer Training Programme.