Managing Waste and Restoring Landscapes in the Savanna

“The Global Landscape is threatened by climate change yet human activities seem to generally act as catalysts for destruction rather than conservation” Desmond Alugnoa.                                                                                         Poor Agricultural practices have caused lands to lose their nutrients forcing farmers to constantly expand farm lands into forests areas in order to meet production targets and resulting in minimal impact of sustainability efforts.

About 60% of Ghana’s solid waste is organic; meaning you can grow ‘Green’ as a farmer by sorting your waste but how can communities practice this?  We educate farmers on the need to practice organic farming and allow the land to regain its nutritional strength, focusing on soil biodiversity restoration using compost fertilizers. The message is being received, farmers are understanding the health benefits of organic products and the sustainability of it however there’s some hesitations because much confidence have been built  on inorganic fertilizers, “inorganic fertilizers give better yield”.

To test this, we decided to acquire a demonstration farm near basic schools; we located this land on purpose. One, for the community farmers and parents to easily pass by and see activities on the farm and two, to have the school children learn all activities right from the waste collection, separation, composting and the farming processes. This will not only win the trust of the farmers but will also groom a generation of health conscious youth who will be actively involved in restoring Africa’s landscape.

We delivered series of disaster risk reduction education for schools, giving them the knowledge about waste, its collection, handling and disposal and then climaxed with the necessary infrastructure for managing solid waste. Solid waste was sorted from source in homes and schools, degradable were composted while plastic and other forms of waste were converted into artifacts, the demonstration farm was fertilized by only the compost fertilizer and the yield is great.There are many factors controlling farming and especially where the water source is rain-fed, enough attention needs to be paid to conserve what influences rain fall


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