EXTRACTING AVOCADO OIL AS AN ALTERNATIVE SOURCE OF LIVELIHOOD AND A SOLUTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE AND FOOD WASTE.
Maximum profitability among poor small scale farmers in Ghana through ensuring no waste and total sale of all farmers produce.
Lead Applicant Organization Name
CREATIVITY EMPOWERMENT FOUNDATION
Lead Applicant Organization Type
Small NGO (under 50 employees)
If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.
WISE CHOICE MULTIMEDIA INSTITUTE OF GHANA LTD
Website of Legally Registered Entity
How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?
Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?
Konongo, Asante Akyem - Ghana
Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?
Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?
Nkrankwanta, Bono Region Ghana
What country is your selected Place located in?
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
I come from this area. Dormaa West is a district in Ghana. Its capital is Nkrankwanta
It is where I spent 5 years for my undergraduate studies and have carried out studies and researches in the area. The people are mostly farmers and mostly cultivate avocado which often go waste.
Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.
Population size, structure and composition
Dormaa West is a district in Ghana. Its capital is Nkrankwanta
The population of Dormaa West District, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, is 47,678 representing 2.1 per cent of the total population of the Brong Ahafo Region. It comprises of 48.2 per cent females and 51.8 per cent males. Around 77.3 per cent of the population is urban. The District has a sex ratio of 107.3. The population of the District is youthful with the population under age 15 constituting 20.7 per cent. The total age dependency ratio for the District is 79.4. Female (80.0) age dependency ratio is slightly higher than that of males (78.9).
Economic activity status
Eighty two per cent of the population aged 15 years and older are economically active while 18.5 per cent are economically not active. Of the economically active population, 97.4 per cent are employed while 2.6 per cent are unemployed. For those who are economically not active, a larger percentage of them are students (49.8%) and 26.4 per cent perform household duties. About six out of ten (62.4%) of the unemployed are seeking work for the first time.
Of the employed population, about 78.6 per cent are engaged as skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers and service and sales workers account for 7.9 per cent.
Employment status and sector
Of the population 15 years and older, 52.6 per cent are self-employed without employees and 11.9 per cent are employees. More males (55.7%) are self-employed without employees than females (48.9%). The private informal sector is the largest employer in the District.
More than half (81.2%) of households in the District are engage in agriculture. In the rural localities, 8 out of ten households (86.9%) are agricultural households while in the urban localities, 63.4 per cent of households are into agriculture. Most households in the District (98.4%) are involved in crop farming. Poultry (chicken) is the dominant animal reared in the District.
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
Long-lasting Avocados May Help Combat Food Waste.
Avocado oil can be extracted by cold pressing avocado, which is why we classify it as a vegetable oil and not an essential oil. Essential oils are distilled (like whisky) which is a much more involved process than this easy method. Although we are classifying avocado oil as a vegetable oil, the avocado fruit is technically a berry.
An innovative food spoilage solution brought to market is now be available in Africa thanks to a new partnership. While spoilage can occur with many fresh fruits and vegetables, it is especially challenging to detect when thick-skinned produce, such as avocados, go bad. Not only is this disappointing as a consumer, but globally, at least one-third of all food is wasted before it can reach peoples’ plates.
We know preventing food waste is good for the planet but it turns out it’s actually really good business too.
This partnership will work to provide access points to growers in the region and bring avocados to European households in an effort to improve sustainability and reduce food spoilage.
Extending the shelf life of fresh produce can not only help tackle the problem of spoilage but may also help uphold nutritional value. We are exploring ways to better understand how altered harvesting may potentially preserve the nutrient content of produce. We emphasizes that “in relaxing the perishability of fresh food by looking at what nature’s already doing, we have an opportunity to feed more people without requiring more input, which is really what we need to be thinking about if we’re going to sustainably feed the future.”
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
Not only is avocado oil loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, it helps your body absorb nutrients like carotenoids too. While its mild flavour lends it well to curries, grills, and bakes, its high smoking point of 255 °C makes it ideal for deep frying, not just for stir-frying or as salad dressing. Store it in a cool, dry, and dark place to prevent its monounsaturated and saturated fats from going bad because of oxidization.
Ever increasing in popularity across the world, thanks to its claims of being one of the healthiest foods on earth, avocado is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is rich in vitamins, potassium, and foliate. Moreover, its rich and creamy texture makes it versatile and a great addition to a variety of dishes, from salads to pasta. That’s not all.
Packing in all the nutritive value and making a place for itself in kitchens globally is avocado oil, the edible oil pressed from the fruit.
High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.
If the vision is properly implemented the people of the area will have a better standard of living, decent work, quality education as well as a conducive environment for living.
To ensure easy access and sales of safe affordable fresh avocado oil for economic gains.
To ensure maximum profitability among poor small scale farmers in rural area by eliminating post harvest wastage which occur due to deselecting of unwanted food quality(small sized and irregular shaped horticulture produce ) when traded via mass market. These account for 40% of total poor farmers produce in our beachhead market.
There will be high economic opportunities for people. Avocado oil is produced from the avocado fruit, pressured from the pulp that surrounds the avocado pit. Like avocados, avocado oil is full of healthy fats, including oleic acid and essential fatty acids. It can be used in cooking or in uncooked items such as salads and dips. While most fruits are high in carbohydrates thanks to natural sugar, avocados are unique because they are high in healthy fats.
Apart from the economic usefulness of the availabilities of avocado I my area there are also numerous health benefits to that effect.
Avocado Oil Health Benefits
1. Lowers Blood Pressure
2. Helps Treat Skin Problems
3. Improves Heart Health
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
Farmers sell all their produce by processing the avocado into oil, these ensures livelihood improvement and maximum profitability.
By saving food waste, we reduce the amount of methane that is produced by rotting food in garden, these helps in reducing the rate at which global warming is occurring at. Air and water pollution that occur during runoff is reduced. With assured sales , farming with sewer to produce appeasing food reduces, these will increase food safety, apart from these, slice food packages food in safe mode eliminating contamination during transportation.
Local avocado oil extraction under attractant application
Avocado oil extraction require plantation of trees and flowers which is a very good idea of conserving natural environment and beneficial living things. High supply of avocado oil extraction for consumption will supplement and substitute other artificial oil in our diets that is highly medicinal. The high demand for avocado oil extraction will create huge income thereby providing them with better economy. Traditional avocado oil extraction is already a culture in the vision location, therefore engaging them into modern avocado oil extraction will improve their culture. avocado oil extraction is not without its special technologies for its success. Equipment such as pressing machines can be made using cheap available local; materials thereby improving the local technology of the area. avocado oil extraction will help people in abiding by forestry and environmental policies such as poaching and deforestation.
Ways To Use Avocado Oil For Cooking
Avocado oil can be as versatile as our innovative cooking ideas. It adds a mild, buttery richness to your food. Use it to make salad dressings, to drizzle over your dips, for stir fries, to pan roast and bake.
Whisk some avocado oil with lemon juice, salt, and pepper to create a simple vinaigrette for your salad, especially if it’s a colourful salad of fruits and veggies. Avocado oil can help your body absorb the carotenoids in the salad by up to 15 percent.9
If you are serving dips, drizzle the oil on top for added flavour. Also, you could drizzle it over soups, garlic bread, or even toast. You could even infuse the oil with your favourite herbs. Use it on crusty bread to make an excellent side for your soup.
Substitute butter with avocado oil to bake healthier cakes and cookies.
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