Agriculture for self-reliance
One of the goals of the Meet Kate Foundation is to create sustainability for her projects in Ghana. Each project is initially sponsored by funds from The Netherlands. At the same time, our project managers in Ghana are working on ways to get financing from within Ghana. One of these ways is through agriculture. Meet Kate has got two farmlands. One of which is 2.43 hectares and lies about 25 kilometres from Ekwamkrom. The other piece is 0.7 hectares and lies within ten minutes walking distance of the Meet Kate Children’s Home.
52 percent of Ghana’s employment is within agriculture and 39 percent of the work is done by women. Moreover, agriculture is responsiblefor 54 percent of Ghana’s GDP and provides 90 percent of the countries food supply.
Meet Kate has decided to use the 0.7 hectares of farmland to cultivate crops, which can be used in the Meet Kate Children’s Home and the day care center. Corn, cassava, yams, tomatoes and plantains will be planted in September 2011. Crops from the bigger piece of farmland will be used for sale, so we have decided to plant cacao here. Cacao is an investment, since it takes three years until the first harvest. However, once the plant is fully grown it gives fruits up to twice a year. One bag of dried cacao beans provides 200 cedi (100 Euro) and we expect to sell about 120 to 240 bags every year (depending the weather circumstances). The profit of this cacao plant goes to the Meet Kate Foundation in Ghana and will cover a large portion of our annual costs.
Meet Kate has done extensive research on the best options for our land, here you can read the whole research done by Samuel K. Nkrumah: RESEARCH DOCUMENT