Talensi: Maaltaaba trains over 510 women on tree production

Over 510 rural women from the Yameriga community in the Talensi district of the Upper East Region undertook a training on tree nursing and planting organised by Maaltaaba, a non-governmental organization in the Upper East Region.

Maataaba, one of the New Non-governmental Organization in the Talensi district has provision of water and its  accessibility for a year-round production as one of its main objective. The organisation want the women farmers to cultivate multiple integrated value chains and with added business incubation capacity, access to finance and markets.

Mrs Lydia Miyella,Founder and Executive director ofMaaltaaba.

According to the founder and Executive director of Maaltaaba, Mrs Lydia Miyella, one major role of the project is to provide for the rural women  of the Yameriga Community,  a Satellite Farm Hut that has a seating capacity of about 200 and will serve as a location for the provision of business  to members, product aggregation, value addition and marketing. This investment will provide an on-site infrastructure and facilities for business .

A solar-powered water system with storage facilities on site to boost water accessibility for all-year-round-farming activities for the Maaltaaba women groups at Yameriga in the Talensi district has also been provided.

Members of the various Maaltaaba groups in both Talensi and the Nabdam districts have also gone through business incubation, cooperative capacity development and value addition training organized by the Maaltaaba Business Development Team (BDT) at Bolgatanga . This saw participants taken through a series of business incubation ideas in piggery, guinea fowl and goat rearing, fish farming, and their associated value addition/value chain benefits by the resource person, Mr. Issifu Basideen, of the Rural Enterprise.

Mrs Miyella bemoaned how climate change has affected the region and as such the need to take bold and decisive steps to address the issue, a reason Maaltaaba considers it a very critical focal area to  tackle  by planting and growing more trees .

“Another critical focal area of this FFF project is bordered on tree planting which is targeted at tackling climate change issues. Tree planting among rural women peasant farmers has numerous benefits for the women, their communities, and the climate. Through nursery activities, women can take charge of their livelihoods, earning income and gaining economic independence. They learn skills in seedling production, nurturing, and tree care, empowering them with the needed knowledge and confidence”.

Project site in the  Yameriga community

She noted that the  benefits extend to their communities, as trees provide shade, improve soil fertility, and support biodiversity. This leads to enhanced food security, improved health, and increased resilience to climate change. Women’s involvement in tree planting also fosters community engagement, promoting social cohesion and collective action.

On a larger scale, tree planting, she added, contributes significantly to climate change mitigation by absorbing carbon dioxide, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting ecosystem services.

Rural women peasant farmers play a vital role in this effort, demonstrating their potentials as agents of positive change.

 Maaltaaba says it is committed to planting a minimum of 4,000 tree seedlings throughout its catchment areas in the Talensi and Nabdam districts. Thus, each of the women groups in both districts (with more than 10 groups and counting) has a target of planting at least 40 tree seedlings as they use locally prepared manure as a booster towards climate change mitigation in a project dubbed: “Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) Phase II Climate Change Resilient Landscapes and Improved Livelihoods”.

she noted that through the support of Star Ghana, the project is also seeking to empower rural women by supporting tree planting initiatives among Maaltaaba rural women, as well as  promoting  gender equality, community development, and environmental sustainability.

Mr Abdul Rahaman Abubakari a staff of the Bolgatanga Forestry  Division .

Speaking exclusively to Abdul Rahaman  Abubakari, a staff of the Bolgatanga Forestry Division, the commission will give technical support for the tree planting as well how to nurse the trees. “so what we are doing is to train and  guide them on how to plan the trees as well as spacing them”.

He added that planting of trees would help to fight the negative impact of climate changes in the Yameriga community.

Source :mywordfmonline.com/Gaspard Ayuureneeeya

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