Reducing Pesticide Misuse / Saving Lives in Ghana
Reduce deaths, crippling injury and environmental damage caused by the misuse of pesticides in the Volta Region of Ghana by training subsistence farmers in sustainable agriculture and IPM, and campaigning (radio phone-in, school talks, etc.) and lobbying for existing regulations to be enforced.
March 2015 - September 2017
Charity information: Grassroots Action (formerly Powerful Information)
Many farmers die each year in Ghana as a result of pesticide poisoning, and thousands are incapacitated. Despite legislation, there is effectively no control over the sale of pesticides: subsistence farmers routinely use them on their crops without training or protection, and very little appreciation of the risks. Very few are trained and wear protection. They often use the wrong product or dosage; they spray too close to harvest, re-use containers for food, and wash equipment in local rivers.
We will train 500 farmers (workshops & field schools), and chemical sellers (many have no training & cannot read/understand labels); make presentations to 2,500 high school students (many students spray but without protection or training); organise phone-ins on local radio; collect data on pesticide poisoning incidents (from farmers’ organisations across the region); train Agricultural Extension Officers to use the internet; & lobby Government officials for the law on pesticides to be enforced.
Reduce death, serious injury and environmental damage from pesticide misuse in the Volta Region.
Activities» Introduce subsistence farmers to sustainable agricultural to ensure pesticides are used properly by training them in workshops and field schools.
» Train chemical sellers about correct storage and use of pesticides.
» Train Agricultural Extension Officers to access the internet to keep up to date with developments and government regulations.
What success will look like
We will monitor farmers taking up sustainable agriculture/practicing integrated pest management and pesticide poisoning incidents in the Region.
Raise public awareness of the threat improper use of pesticides poses to the environment
Activities» Carry out a series of school talks on the misuse / proper use of pesticides, wearing protective clothing and storing pesticides properly.
» Organising radio phone-in programmes to spread the message.
» Lobbying Government officials for the law on pesticides to be properly enforced.
What success will look like
Attendance and interaction at school talks, number of callers to radio programmes and feedback on the number of pesticide poisoning incidents in the Region.
We would hope to see a reduction in pesticide deaths & injuries in the region, and untrained/unprotected young people spraying, farmers washing equipment in local rivers, and using old pesticide containers for food; and an increase in the number of farmers practicing sustainable agriculture; also, the sale of pesticides in shops/street cabins properly regulated/policed; and Agricultural Extension Officers routinely accessing the latest agricultural information on line via local internet cafés.
There is a risk that farmers will revert to traditional practices and not stick with sustainable approaches / Integrated Pest Management because it requires more knowledge/understanding and careful planning. They may also not use protection when spraying (because it is hot & uncomfortable). However, our experience is that farmers are responsible & become deeply concerned about the risks once they are pointed out (pain, seizures, impotence, etc.). It is possible that Ebola could spread to Ghana.
We will produce an illustrated report on the project each year and circulate it electronically to all those requesting copies. Regular entries will be posted on our blogs on our website and Facebook.
Budget - Project Cost: £32,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £32,000 Project To be provided shortly
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount A Sainsbury Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
Hohoe Municipality and two neighbouring districts, Kpando and Jasikan.
500 subsistence farmers and 50 chemical sellers in the Volta Region (empowered with an understanding of how to farm sustainably and use pesticides safely).
Farming communities (better understand the risks to people and the environment if pesticides are not used properly), including >500 high school students (many of whom spray without training or protection).
The public at large, IF we can get the Government to agree to enforce existing policies on pesticide sale & use.
Powerful Information has been involved in humanitarian work since 1990. We have resourced & managed >100 grassroots projects and helped build local capacity & operational effectiveness.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Ammish Owusu (Project Manager Of NETRICE)
Ammish managed our last project in country and will do the same here. He has a good working relationship with farmers and knows the relevant people.
Mike Flood (PI Founder / Director)
Mike will oversee the project and deliver some of the training. He will also monitor and evaluate the project and provide the reports.
Jill Chinn (PI Finance Director)
Jill will monitor the financial side of the project to ensure timely and adequate reporting from NETRICE and to funders.
Franklin Ayensu (PI Intern)
Franklin was in the Ghanaian financial sector so knows the local situation. He will be project manager in the UK with support from Mike and Jill.