Improving alternative livelihood income of farm households through the production and marketing 50 pigs per year in Dabala in Ghana

Unfortunately, this project was not successful

The target groups are  actively poor farmers, especially women and youth  living in Dabala in the Volta Region of Ghana.  This group is made up of youth and single parents (widows) who make their living from subsistence farming and small hand jobs in other neighbouring farms where most of the farm owners take advantage of their vulnerability and inadequately pay them for their work done. These result in their inability to provide for their household needs and also pay for their children's school fees. 

After careful study, pig farming is a viable means to improve the livelihood incomes of these people who are living in poverty in order to transform their lives, their children's futures and their their communities. 

The project consists of building 20 3x4 metre pig pens in the backyard of beneficiaries. Each pen will be large enough to host at least 10 piglets to be sold after 7 months of production. Each  farm household will have a small room in which to raise 3 piglets of their own. Each of these member has a backyard that is conducive for the rearing of pigs. They can also support pig feeding with a variety of food stuff good for pig rearing from their farms. The group will also be responsible for the provision of space in one of their member’s house to host the deep freezer.  Funds are needed to acquire building materials, farm inputs, piglets, other feed components for the pigs/piglets, veterinary products and a deep freezer. The first beneficiaries will be responsible for the spread of the project to the other members and would be members though passing on the gift of at least one piglet each. The management of the farm households, farm maintenance and monitoring of the pig farms will be conducted during 7months by the group members.  Group members will be trained on pig farming, marketing, business and farm record keeping and group dynamics.

Profits generated through the successful implementation of this activity will not only increase the income of individual group members, but also boost their confidence and reduce their rate of dependency on men concubines and tedious farming activities and the care of their families.

Sustainability of the project will be driven by enabling each member and household to raise her own pigs.  This division is intended to stimulate individual members’ appropriation of the project and so, ensure the project’s survival.