The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) has won a Two Hundred and Ninety-Six Thousand Three Hundred and Nine Euro (€296,309) Food and Business Applied Research Grant, to undertake a three year project on Utilization of Organic Waste to Improve Agricultural Productivity (UOWAIP) in the Ga West Municipality. The grant was through the Nethelands Foreign Affairs Ministry. The duration of the project is from 2015 – 2017.
The project team is led by Dr. Dzidzo Yirenya-Tawiah (Research Fellow, IESS). Project partners includes MDF Consultancy and Training, West Africa, Ga West Municipality and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ga West.
The goal of the project is to enhance food security and livelihoods of the peri-urban poor through improved agricultural productivity and sustainable waste management. The project will utilize strategies that source existing and proven practices with scientific analysis and methods. It will involve training of farmers’ groups in composting and sustainable soil management to boost their capability to increase yield and tackle soil fertility issues and provide employable youth with skills in waste segregation, collection and composting.