Work with Communities
The Farmer Training Centre (FTC) is located in Pusu-Namongo, in the Talensi District of Upper East Region of Ghana and operates in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese. The diocese stretches across a large, rural landscape, with most of its population depending on agriculture for income. Throughout Ghana, government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture are sent to rural locations to aid farmers. This includes training on improving farming practices to become more sustainable and increase yields.
In Ghana, the ratio of officials to farmers is 1:3000; that is for every 3,000 farmers, there is only one government official to provide the training. This ratio worsens in rural areas such as the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese. In 2003, the Diocese established the FTC to help supplement existing government services. While serving the whole community, the Centre focuses on helping marginalised and vulnerable people, such as female-headed households (widows, single mothers), orphans, abandoned children, people with disability and the elderly.
Over the years, however, due to irregular and insufficient funds, the FTC has not been able to maintain its equipment and infrastructure. Although the Centre has always generated modest income through hospitality and agribusiness, these funds have not been enough to sustain itself and its community outreach activities.