Darsfield Village Farms & Outgrowers (Darsfarm) aims at alleviating poverty of women and the youths in snails and mushroom farming for communities in afforestation program, slowing rural-urban drift, contributing to the creation of sustainable jobs. The project also aims at addressing the low level of technology and productivity in rural Ghana, low income and un-competitiveness in production, processing and distribution in agriculture. Darsfoundation also aims at addressing this deficiency through transfer of technology, thereby improving the low level of technology and productivity, as well as aiding in improving the low income levels of beneficiaries.
sustainable livelihood through agribusiness/ employment for women and the
youths is a top priority and an issue of utmost importance for the Ghanaian people
and authorities. For most developing countries, the last decade has
been one of increasing difficulty -declining living standards, high unemployment
rates, deteriorating services, increase social unrest and political
even with the economic growth that Ghana is
experiencing, not enough jobs are being created to integrate the young
population into the labour market or engaged in self
employment services. Social factors such as gender, level of education and age also play an important role in making it difficult to find work.
The focus is on rural women and the rural youths to create jobs and wealth to alleviate poverty. In Ghana the average age of farmers is about 65 years old meaning the youths finds unattractive because the technology currently at play is obsolete, unprofitable and unproductive. So there is the need to teach our women and youths some new technology and exposure to some new opportunities.
We support and back our members or clients with technical, managerial and advisory support to farmers to succeed in their ventures. Our strategy is to address poverty from a bottom-up approach through decentralized system that embraces communal ownership/responsibility. The sense of shared ownership and shared responsibility in protecting communal natural resources and improving community’s living standard through economic upliftment of individual members [in rural communities of Ghana] make this approach unique and ensures sustainability of projects. Agro-forestry, forest farming, agro-diversification and alternative livelihood programs build on existing skills and resources while developing new related interests and capacity to maximize farmers’ output/income in a [low input] sustainable manner.