This multi-dimensional project intends to contribute to the sustained socio-economic development and environmental protection in the Biakoye area in Ghana’s Volta Region. Its specific objective is to initiate a participatory, poverty alleviation approach (innovative value adding cassava processing and sale) to bring about sustainable forest enrichment and plantation development using tropical timber species in mixed stands and exotic teak (for timber and poles) and Cassia siamea (for fuel wood) in pure stands at selected sites in the Biakoye District Assembly area of Ghana’s Volta Region.
Expected outputs are:
• Youth groups of the six (6) pilot project communities in collaboration with their respective land-owners (according to a written arrangement within the context of a thriving local network that ensures sustainability of functions) have established and are managing six (6) mixed plantation demonstration plots of popular, indigenous, and commercial trees of Emire, Ofram, Dodowa Sofo, Onyina, Papao, Wawa, and West African Mahogany species (50 acres -20 hectares in the aggregate);
• Youth groups of the six (6) target communities through similar collaborative arrangements as in output one (1) have established and are managing thriving individual youth member demonstration pure stand plantations of commercial teak(for timber and poles) and commercial Cassia siamea (for fuel-wood) 50 acres; and
• Youth groups of the six (6) target communities through similar collaborative arrangements as in outputs one (1) and two (2) have established individually cultivated cassava farms (20 acres -8Ha in aggregate) and have developed and are sustainably managing innovative, small-scale demand-driven local cassava processing system (of beneficiary-cultivated cassava tubers) to add extra market value.