The Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods Transformation Project is strengthening poor rural communities in the Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana.
RESULT has helped 123,200 vulnerable smallholder farmers (60% women) and family members move from subsistence-level farming to sustainable, diversified livelihoods.
IMPACT: An end-of-project survey found that RESULT reduced the “hunger gap” (the time between harvests when food and income is scarce) from an average of FIVE MONTHS to ZERO.
RESULT farmers gained assets and skills to:
Produce more food and sell it at a higher price
Earn and sustain higher incomes from farm- and non-farm based sources
Build resilience to climate change and economic risks
Empower women to participate equally in farming and income generation
- 50% of women are actively participating in decisions about household spending
- 75% of women say their economic contribution to the household is strongly recognized, up from 25% the project’s start
- Women have sustained or increased their access to land and labour, and have increased their influence in project-based groups
- Almost all community members sensitized to gender equality and environmental management issues have improved their knowledge of the issues and identified actions they can take
Diversifying and Increasing Crops
- Maize yields have more than doubled for men and women farmers
- Groundnut yields have tripled for men and quintupled for women
- Over 75% of farmers can access extension services for crop and animal production when they need them
Dry Season Gardening
- 2,500 farmers (44% women) have been trained and provided with inputs to garden during the dry season
- 15 communities have been trained on organic pest management
- 500 acres have been cultivated
- 5 new varieties of vegetables introduced (pepper, two types of tomatoes, onions, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes)
Increasing livestock production
- 7,500 farmers (83% women) have been trained in livestock husbandry
- 60 community livestock workers (32% women) are now providing veterinary supports including animal vaccinations
- Six out of 10 farmers are vaccinating their animals, and keeping them in well-constructed, well-ventilated pens
- Farmers have increased herd size and reduced animal mortality to just 14% from a high of 33% at baseline
- 11 aquaculture sites are producing 30 metric tonnes of fish per year (from a baseline of zero)
- 70% of participants are women
- Aquaculture groups are innovating at all stages of the fish value chain and have increased their price per kilo from GHS 14 to GHS 18
- 480 fish farmers are earning on average GHS 594 annually from aquaculture (from a baseline of zero)
- 80% of farmers (male and female) are using climate-smart agricultural practices such as planting in rows
- Energy saving stoves in 20 locations have reduced the need for fuel wood, and reduced the health hazard of smoke inhalation
Access to Credit
- 75% of farmers have access to loans through Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) to finance their production or household needs
- 287 VSLAs with 8,429 active members (91% women) have been established and most are now self-sustaining
- The average return on savings in VSLAs was 13.7% (just 3% below Bank of Ghana Treasury Bills)
- 214 income-generating groups (4,352 participants, 90% women) have been trained to generate “off-farm” income from beekeeping, basket weaving, shea butter and soap producing
- More than 15 scaleable enterprises have been registered
- 602 basketweavers (99% women) have increased their incomes 2.7 times from baseline
- 2,413 soapmakers (98% women) have increased their incomes 2.4 times from baseline
- 1,260 shea butter producers (99% women) have increased their incomes 1.4 times from baseline
Global Affairs Canada visits RESULT in July 2017
On July 8th, 2017, during a four-day visit to Ghana, Canada’s Minister of International Development and la Francophonie, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, visited the RESULT Ponyoro community of the Navrongo District in the Upper East Region.
I am the household breadwinner. Before the RESULT project came to my community, I had to scratch the surface of the earth daily to put food on the table for my five children and aged mother. We ran out of grains and I had to sell a pig to buy foodstuffs to supplement our diet.
I realized things were going to change for me and my family when the project staff explained that apart from benefiting from more crops, I could also choose to participate in new income generating activities.
True to my expectation, I got some maize seed and project staff helped me measure one acre from my parcel of land to plant the seeds. With that and crops from the rest of my land, I got seven bags of maize and I have been able to pay all my children’s school fees and renewed our health insurance cards.
I am also hoping that when I sell one or two of my pigs, I will buy more guinea corn to increase the quantity of the pito I brew instead of using it to buy foodstuffs and my pigs will continue to get more pito mash to feed on.
I have seen the benefits the project has brought to me and my family and I pray to God to bless you the more so that you can continue to support us.
Your support has enabled Mwinpog Dan-yi to double her agricultural productivity and feed her five children and aging mother all year round.
Four districts (Talensi, Bongo, Kassena-Nankana West and Nabdam) and one municipality (Kassena Nankana) in the Upper East Region and two districts (Lawra and Jirapa) in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
Association of Church-based Development NGOs (ACDEP)
Global Affairs Canada and Canadian Feed The Children