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Conservation Agriculture in Northern Ghana

Tagged in Environment and Climate Change, Ghana, GROW

Conservation Agriculture in Northern Ghana
Over seven years of implementation, the GROW project has learned a great deal about women’s economic empowerment and food security in northern Ghana. The project team is happy to share our lessons learned in the GROW Learning Series, a set of documents we are releasing in 2018. Topics include women’s economic empowerment, nutrition and food security, financial inclusion, women and technology and conservation agriculture. This paper highlights GROW's successes and challenges with conservation agriculture in Northern Ghana. 

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Resilience

Tagged in Environment and Climate Change

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Resilience
Our environment is changing at an unprecedented pace and much of this is brought about or exacerbated by human-related activity. Poor households are often the most vulnerable to environmental and climate change risks and have limited resources to rebuild after environmental disaster strikes. MEDA believes that the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation can empower people of all income levels to act as leaders of environmentally-responsible growth. We promote the business case for environmental management to our clients, from micro-entrepreneurs to medium-sized businesses, helping them pursue sustainable growth that makes good business sense.

MEDA Green Team Guide

Tagged in Environment and Climate Change

MEDA Green Team Guide
This guide will help you set up a Green Team at your own MEDA office. In ‘How to get started’, we provide answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs),
but always remember that MEDA’s HQ Green Team is available to help! Then in ‘Ideas for promoting a greener office’, we suggest a few actions you can take to help your office be more conscious of waste, conserving energy and water, becoming healthier, and connecting with others who are celebrating our natural environment around the world. Finally, in ‘Resources’ you will find links to a few videos that you can share with your team and your office from time to time, to keep you motivated.

Women-owned Keyhole Gardens: An opportunity to strengthen household food security in Ghana

Tagged in Environment and Climate Change

Women-owned Keyhole Gardens: An opportunity to strengthen household food security in Ghana
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) implemented a pilot to extend the growing season for female farmers with the ultimate goal of contributing towards improved food security for women and their families in Northwestern Ghana. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project tested two water catchment, storage and irrigations systems: ferro-cement tanks and keyhole gardens. MEDA completed an evaluation of these technologies in February 2015.

How to build your keyhole garden…

Tagged in Environment and Climate Change

How to build your keyhole garden…
A pictorial guide for the urban gardens project on how to build a keyhole garden. a pictorial guide for the urban gardens project

How To Build A Keyhole Garden

Tagged in Environment and Climate Change

How To Build A Keyhole Garden

What is a keyhole garden?

It is a circular shaped garden with a compost basket built at the centre and a small depression towards the centre that al-lows for easy access to the basket and gives the garden a keyhole shape when viewed from above.

The garden uses a number of layers to retain moisture and nourish the soil and the composting basket replenishes the soil's nutrients as well. The garden is made from materials that are locally available at relatively low or no cost.

This document explains how to build your own keyhole garden, complete with pictures.