Farming for Futures

The approach of the Farming for Futures project is developing understanding on the causes of young boys dropping out of school and design an initiative to reduce the number of boys dropping out of school. The region of focus is Nayorku, West Mamprusi.

Data from interviews in Nayorku shows that an overwhelming majority (79%) of the boys who had dropped out of school had done so in order to provide income support for their families on the farm. In Ghana, the pressures on children to contribute to household income are such that an estimated 28% of 7-14yr olds are involved in remuneration work, 44% for boys and 39% for girls (DFID). Unicef (2001) illustrates a gender gap at primary level of about 1% and as much as 16% at secondary level.

The current strategies are to set up an Agricultural Farming Cooperative in Nayorku, that allows farmers to share machinery and tools, and also run best farming practice workshops in educating farmers on practical methods to increase crop yield. Consequently, it is hoped that this will ease the pressure on young boys to work on the farms and therefore improve school attendance rates.

The project was one of 3 projects (Farming for Futures, Students for Schooling and Educating Children Through Culture) being implemented by International Service volunteers, through the UK government's International Citizen Service scheme.

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