The objective of this multiple year project is to restore the Shea Landscape of Northern Ghana, improve savannah woodland and agroforestry management practices and strengthen tree-based income generation for local communities. It exists of a training component and provision of inputs (trees and technical assistance) for tree planting and tree-on-farm management. The project establishes a community nursery to produce seedlings of Shea and other productive (cash-generating) tree species. The project aims to capacitate 40 communities in Northern Ghana and provide them with planting material and knowledge to restore their landscape and agricultural practices to become climate resilient and productive through agroforestry. The project was presented at the Shea conference ‘Seeds of Change’ organized by the Global Shea Alliance (GSA), in Benin, in March 2017. GSA is supporting the project financially and by creating partnerships. IUCN – Netherlands committee is supporting the set-up of a community nursery.
Wunmi Osholake, Program Director Sustainable Shea Initiative: “The shea parklands are a lifeline to thousands of Ghanaian women, as such it is critical we preserve them. Our collaboration with Form International and its partners under the USAID funded Sustainable Shea Initiative ensures that through training and development of nurseries, communities are empowered to increase shea tree population across Africa.”
The project is led and coordinated by Form International with support of Form Ghana. Important project partners are A Rocha Ghana (ARG) and the Presbyterian Agric Services (PAS). For community access and engagement, the project builds on partnerships with these two NGOs. The project is funded by the Global Shea Alliance and IUCN – Netherlands Committee.
2017 PROJECT ACTIVITIES
The first steps towards a restored shea parkland landscape and a healthy ecosystem have commenced. A community nursery has been set up near Mognori, which will produce the Shea seedlings. In November and December 2017, the project team implemented the first round of training in 40 communities in the North of Ghana. Read more about the implementation by Form International here.
EXPECTED RESULTS 2016 – 2020
- 40 communities trained on Parkland Management, Tree Planting and Maintenance
- 80 women groups trained on Parkland Management
- Almost 10,000 hectares under improved Parkland Management
- Set-up of a community nursery
- Production of 30,000 – 35,000 seedlings per year