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Sustainable, environment friendly and higher nutritional food for all; improving the lives of all in the value chain and eliminating poverty

Providing enough food to feed the globe, more sustainably; being an agent of poverty eradication through agribusiness especially

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Changing Lives Network.

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Youth Organisation (between 18 - 30 years old)

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Under 1 year

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Takoradi.

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Ghana

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Aowin Municipality - Western North.

What country is your selected Place located in?

Ghana - Africa.

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

That's my Homeland. Where I was born and raised!

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.

Located close to the Cote d'Ivoire, the area shares common cultural values with the Akan of both Ghana and Cote D' Ivoire. It's a predominantly peasant farming area. The main crops grown are cocoa cash crop with a variety cereals, tubers and vegetables. The farm produce forms a major part of the dietary systems in the area. For most of the inhabitants, their financial strength depends Soo much on the output of their farms and therefore have a constant expectations for the development of agriculture and support with farm inputs. The entire area is rural with it's main town slightly urban. About 10 hours by road from Accra, the nation's capital; the area has a good vegetation for farming with a balanced plain and hilly topography. Lacking development in many sectors of the economy, we aspire to make agriculture and food production the engine for growth and development through innovations and value addition.

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Located close to the Cote d'Ivoire, the area shares common cultural values with the Akan of both Ghana and Cote D' Ivoire. It's a predominantly peasant farming area. The main crops grown are cocoa cash crop with a variety cereals, tubers and vegetables. The farm produce forms a major part of the dietary systems in the area. For most of the inhabitants, their financial strength depends Soo much on the output of their farms and therefore have a constant expectations for the development of agriculture and support with farm inputs. The entire area is rural with it's main town slightly urban. About 10 hours by road from Accra, the nation's capital; the area has a good vegetation for farming with a balanced plain and hilly topography. Lacking development in many sectors of the economy, we aspire to make agriculture and food production the engine for growth and development through innovations and value addition.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Our vision is to put all farmers under one umbrella and give them technical support unique to their individual farms. Help them access government interventions in the Agric sector and properly administrate it's sharing and use for effective outcomes. We'll also train some focused groups in some new and innovative crops which will be targeting some specific needs of companies and certain markets. Also we specialize in certain crops and become a hub for with the goal of receiving local and international customers. We'll set up a body that'll seek to always look for investors in invest in existing opportunities and even create new ones in the food production sector.

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.

What we see is a well organized food production cycle, value addition, ready and more controlled markets. Higher yields resulting in higher incomes. Entirely, well structured system linking production, selling, market and income.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Our vision will apply innovation and will focus on meeting the sustainable development goals in all aspects.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Website

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Hi Iden Mensah  - welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!

Thank you for submitting your vision for providing technical support to farmers in Ghana.

A few other questions and suggestions that might help to guide and strengthen your vision:
- It would be great to have a deeper description of the place and people. Since your Vision will be designed specifically for the Place and People you’ve selected, it will be very valuable to understand the needs, aspirations, motivations, and challenges of your Place and its People. You can find some inspiration and tools to help you with your research in the Vision Prize Toolkit in Chapter 3 under Tools of Transformation.
- How does your vision connect to other food system issue areas like environment, technology, culture, policy?
- If your interventions were successful, what would the food system in Ghana look like in 2050? Tell us the story of your vision for the future.

I also wanted to make sure that you have seen our Food Vision Prize Toolkit with a lot of information, activities, and guidelines. The Toolkit can help you refine your Vision and make it more systemic, human-centered and well informed for the future. Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit: http://bit.ly/2X4ZxQk

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks. Cortney