Crops: maize, cocoa, cassava, plantain, tomato, cabbage and pepper
Kwame Anane is a conservation agriculture (CA) farmer in Amanchia, Ghana. Kwame began no-till farming on a small parcel of land and quickly expanded his acreage through the reinvestment of profits from his increased harvest. “I got a lot of profit from produce on my no-till field, and I was really happy and proud of the improvement I had made in my farming.”
Through CA, Kwame has ambitiously diversified his crops over time providing increased income. “At the end of the cropping season, I realized that the no-till field was more productive and generated more returns than the bigger conventional (slash and burn) field.” Kwame grows a variety of crops including maize, cocoa, cassava, plantain, tomato, cabbage and peppers.
Kwame shares that “Because of the no-till practice, I can produce crops even in times of drought or harsh conditions when produce is scarce. Since produce is scarce, there is more need in the market.”
He says, “I am able to dictate the price of the food crops since they are scarce, and I am one of the few farmers who will have crops harvested at such times. This helps in generating more income.“
Kwame says, “As a result of the current climate conditions and changes with less rain the best way for a farmer to be productive and earn enough income from his farming activities to sustain himself and his family and to settle his bills is by adopting no-till.”
“I invested in a taxi which works to generate extra income."
CA farming has created the opportunity for him to invest in a new business. “I invested in a taxi which works to generate extra income.” Today, Kwame uses his taxi to profitably drive customers to their destinations throughout the region and to transport his four children to the international private school where he is paying for them to attend.
*Based on HGBF | CNTA Data, 2016