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Marshal Papworth scholar helps reduce post-harvest losses to reduce food insecurity in Ghana

Marshal Papworth scholar helps reduce post-harvest losses to reduce food insecurity in Ghana

Joseph Adonna, a graduate of the Marshal Papworth Fund bespoke 10-week short course in sustainable agriculture at Harper Adams University, has led post-harvest training for 36 Farmer Based Organisation (FBOs) in the Kassena Nankana West District in the Upper East Region of Ghana through his work with Tree Aid, a charity partner of the Fund.

Joseph with some of the Baobab tree saplings

Joseph said: “We have rolled out routine training near harvest time to equip farmers with the necessary post-harvest technologies to preserving their crops after harvest, thereby increasing the shelf life of these commodities and helping to reduce food insecurity.”

He continued: “It is really important for farmers to increase their yield through post-harvest management to leave more crops to both sustain the family and to sell too.”

Joseph and his colleague deliver post-harvest training to the community

In addition, Joseph has helped to facilitate the planting of over 10,650 Baobab trees to increase the density of the tree population and therefore the sustainability of the Baobab value chain in the district he works in.  “This is our contribution to climate change mitigation and enterprise development through Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFPs) schemes for poverty reduction in the Kassena Nankana West District,” explained Joseph.

It is great to hear that one of our alumni is helping their community in such a far-reaching way; helping to mitigate climate change whilst also promoting commercial schemes and helping to manage those damaging post-harvest losses. Great work Joseph!

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