I am Isaac Korku Dorgbetor, 27. I have a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the university of Cape Coast. I currently assist as a Project Coordinator (Agriculture and Biodiversity) for Abibimman Foundation: youth-led organization based in Tema, Ghana.
I want to establish a five-acre urban organic vegetable farm aimed at employing youths like myself. The project is realistic and I am currently handling a two-acre farm, which is testament to what I want to do to help the youth in my community.
I am also passionate about climate change. The land we use is a conservation wetland and we are therefore using the best practices to help us contribute to climate change mitigation.
The project is an attempt to help alleviate poverty in the community and encourage attractive agriculture, as it would provide our youth with something to live on.
The project seeks to engage the youth in urban agriculture as a means of reducing graduate unemployment, providing jobs for school drop-outs, and promoting climate-resilient agriculture, food security, and nutrition.
This project, upon successful implementation, would also serve as a research centre for innovation and module extension practices for some vegetable farmers in the Greater Accra Region.
The innovativeness of this project basically involves the introduction of organic vegetable production in the urban area with the idea of international standard labelling, grading, and sorting for good marketing strategy.
So far, there has been no external help. We even borrow a pump from a neighbouring farmer, but the motivation to keep the work going is there. We have even planted potatoes on that land to break a disease cycle, as one of our integrated pest management skills.
I derive my motivation from the fact that there is always an opportunity in the future; we may be crawling today, yet racing with horses tomorrow.
The number of youth we would employ and our annual yield per tonne would measure the success of my project.
An award of USD 5,000 would be a welcome assistance for the expansion of my project:
I would make sure I purchase a means of transportation (motorbike) for monitoring and evaluation, which would cost about $790.
A new irrigation pump with pipelines would also aid in dry-season farming, as we have a water source nearby, and this would cost USD 300.
About USD 1,800 would enable me to purchase a superior variety of seeds.
About USD 1,600 and USD 850 would go into labour costs and fuel costs respectively.
This would enable us expand between July 2016 to November 2016.
Whoever shares the same passion as me should kindly feel free to contact me for guidance, as vegetable farming needs zeal and dedication.
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