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Ghana. Growing futures.

Fight rural poverty and the impacts of climate change.

Oxfam is providing women farmers with beekeeping equipment, or train them to make energy saving stoves.

This project is now fully funded. Thank you!

Oxfam aims to help 45,000 farming families to understand how to survive and thrive in a changing climate, to have enough food to eat all year round, and to be better supported by local authorities.

"The projects here have brought unity between us. Each woman used to be paddling their own canoe, but now our burden is shared. When someone has a problem, they can approach the savings group to request money. The interest rate at a bank would be 25-30%. Our group gives us time to pay back our loan with 10% interest. We are very happy."
- Vivianne Abenigo

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Mary Paula Lanuzie lives in Goziir, Northern Ghana with her husband and six family members.

A bit of background

62 percent of people in northern Ghana live in poverty. Climate change is causing alternating patterns of drought and rainfall, making everyday life increasingly difficult. During times of drought, crops do not receive the water they need to grow. When the rains do come, they do so in increasingly short and intense bursts. This type of rainfall washes soil away, destroying any plants. As a result, up to three-quarters of farming families lack sufficient food all year round. The effects of climate change are hardest felt from June to August - the so-called "hungry season" for farming families.


How we're helping

Oxfam has been working in Ghana since 1986, managing programmes which seek to increase people's access to food and ability to earn a living. Through this project, we are working with key government bodies, such as Ghana's Meteorological Agency, to help people feed themselves and their families in the face of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. We are also advocating for project activities to be replicated across northern Ghana to give thousands more people access to food. The project will:

  • Increase people's understanding of changing weather patterns and how to cope with extreme weather.
  • Strengthen people's abilities to grow food and earn an income.
  • Enable communities to manage natural resources, such as the forest, which their lives and livelihoods depend on.
  • Encourage authorities to replicate activities across northern Ghana.
  • So far, 20 fire fighting groups have been set up and trained by the project, 453 farmers visited field schools set up by the project and learnt about good farming techniques and 39 community saving groups were set up, enabling people to build savings and take out loans for the first time to start small businesses and earn an income which is not weather dependent.

Support for our projects really can change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

Augustina's story:

Before we couldn't grow or buy enough food. I used to feel sick and unhappy. I couldn't get enough food to feed my children, which made me feel sad as a mother. We would survive on a cup of rice each day, which meant we each had just one or two spoonfuls. That was it. You could see the children were unhappy and they looked sick. I can't express enough joy for the support and training we have received from the project. Oxfam first trained us in how to prepare compost. To my husband's surprise the compost helped to increase our yields. They were much greater than we expected. There is a great difference now in my life. We were unable to buy enough rice, but now I can buy enough. Now we eat a variety of foods and meat. Now I can sell honey I have made through bee keeping, which means I can buy food, school books, pencils and clothes. We send the rest of our savings to the bank so that we can save for our children's education.