Without market assurance, motivation and improved production support, many farmers in Ahafo do not happily engage in the farming activity as a vocation or careers, which has the potential for wealth creation and livelihood enhancement. Additionally, many of the few committed farmers continue to use the traditional farming methods of production, probably lacking knowledge of modern improved farming methods and technologies.
The SFPiP project uses “engage farmer model” which is an innovative, on-farm knowledge sharing approach’ to agriculture extension services which engages and evaluate farm practices towards maintaining and improving on production. Objectives of the Project were to:
Facilitate information exchange among farmers, consultants, extension officers and researchers on farming practices
Monitor and evaluate on-farm demonstrations. Eg, soil management practices, including cover cropping and organic soil amendment inputs;
Determine the extent to which farming practices are used in crops in the region and identify constraints preventing further adoption of new farming management practices;
Provide community-based demonstrations of existing technologies to overcome constraints while making use of participatory research teams to develop and refine existing practices;