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AYA Project Ghana

Almost certainly, however, the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.

Norman Borlaug

Guided by the phrase “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime”. The AYA Project, named after the Adinkra symbol representing endurance and resourcefulness, exists as a pilot project to empower women and children through education and agriculture in Kumasi, the Ashanti region, Ghana. The basis of formation of the AYA Project can be simply stated in four key points:

  • To empower women and children through agriculture
  • To aid in sustainable agriculture development practices
  • To promote economic growth
  • To alleviate poverty

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Producers and Consumer attitudes toward Biotechnology in Ghana.

Agricultural biotechnology has the potential to improve Africa’s food productivity and security, but it will not be successful without investing in education. African farmers often have difficulty accepting new products unless they fully understand the product’s potential. This reluctance is because of the large investment that farmers have in their farms. Farms serve as a store of wealth, which creates financial independence. Farms provide the basic necessities and tuition to send their children to school. Without a guarantee for success, farmers are reluctant to try a new product or technology. Through education and demonstration, African farmers may overcome this aversion to innovations. An educational gap exists between producers- and consumers in agricultural biotechnology. This problem exists because of a lack of investment in education and outreach.