I am Albert Akafari Ayinpoya, 28, a citizen of the Republic of Ghana, from Zorko in the Upper East Region of the country.
I hold a BA in Economics and Entrepreneurship Development from the University for Development Studies. I currently work with the Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana as an Agro-Enterprise Development Supervisor seeking to reduce poverty among small holder farmers through the Guinea Fowl Market System.
I am an agripreneur who has a local processing centre for processing quality guinea fowl meat for the market
The project will partner with the Guinea Fowl Farmers Association (GUIFFA) to build the capacities of farmers who are in Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs). The capacity-building process intends guiding the guinea fowl farmers to adopt best agriculture practices in producing quality guinea fowls for the guinea fowl processing centre.
The Participatory Market System Development (PMSD) approach will be used to ensure that the farmers are linked to some key actors (e.g. egg producers, brooders, hatchers, feed manufactures) in the guinea fowl value chain.
The PMSD approach will ensure that the farmers are linked to egg producers to access guinea fowl eggs, the hatchers for the hatchers of the guinea fowl eggs, the brooders for guinea keets and feed manufactures for formulated feed.
The approach will ensure that the all key actors as mentioned above are brought on board to ensure the production of quality guinea fowls for the market which will attract premium prices.
The quality Guinea Fowls produced by the farmers will be purchased and processed by the processing centre through recommended guidelines by the Ghana standard Authority and packaged for sale to hotels and restaurants. The farmers will sell the life quality guinea fowls to the processing site collectively for premium prices.
The model depicts that the FBOs and the processing center will get premium prices for quality life and processed guinea fowls respectively.
Guinea fowl is a domestic animal reared under the extensive system by almost every farmer in the Upper East Region of Ghana. It plays an important role in ensuring income securities among farmers especially in the dry season (from November to May) where no crop production is going on.
Farmers rely on the income generated from the sale the guinea fowl to pay for their children school fees, health needs also to go into crop production in the coming farming season. These suggest why guinea fowl production is key to every farmer in the Upper East Region Ghana.
Guinea fowl meat has many nutritional qualities which make it valuable when it is being added to diet. It has high level of calories which is essential to the human body. Guinea fowl is learner and drier than chicken meat. It also has low level of cholesterol as compared to chicken which is good for the body.
The hotels and restaurants cannot meet their demand for guinea fowls. The challenge faced by the hotels and restaurants is that they do not have farmers who supply them with processed guinea fowls.
The farmers after the production of the guinea fowls do not process them but only sell the life guinea fowl when there is the need for money. This approach by farmers does not go well with the hotels and restaurants because they to hire extra labour for the processing of the guinea fowls which leads them to incur additional cost and thus reduces their profit.
The project seeks to contribute to the reduction of poverty among 300 small holder guinea fowl farmers in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
Project activities are as followed:
- Identify the key actors in the guinea fowl market system for the production of guinea fowls (USD 300)
- Link the FBOs to the actors identified to acquire the needed input production of quality guinea fowls for the market (USD 200)
- Train farmers on how to produce quality guinea fowls to supply the guinea fowl processing center (USD 1,000)
- Purchase and install cooling system to preserve the processed guinea fowls (USD 2,000)
- Create awareness among individual consumers, hotels, restaurants and other institutions the availability of quality and healthy processed guinea fowl meat (USD 1,000)
- Monitoring the activities of the FBOs to ensure the adoption of the underlying principles regarding quality guinea fowl product (USD 500)
I have already organized the individual farmer into 20 separate groups called Farmer Based Organization (FBOs) who are numbering up to 300 guinea fowl farmers. I have a local processing center and have recently acquired a stall to set up a cooling system for preservation of the processed guinea fowls.
The success of the project will be measured in terms of the increase in the quantity and improved quality of guinea fowl supplied by farmers, increase in sale by the stall and the increase in income/profit by the stall and the guinea fowl farmers.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Albert Akafari Ayinpoya (Ghana): albertakafari[at]gmail.com
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