Local solutions and community engagement

Underlying principles of the Trax-Kavli farm has been to adopt cost saving and effective local solutions to problems and involvement of the local community.

By Hanne Eide Andersen, Sam Subbey Photo: Trax Norway

“Such approaches the choice of animals, use of vehicle tires as water troughs, and locally accessible animal feed,” says Vincent Subbey.

Currently, the animals are fed on high protein cakes from local Baobab tree seeds, after the oil is pressed out of the seeds. The pressing residues have a high nutritional value – similar to that of legumes.

“The baobab feed is supplemented with bean harvest residues. The availability of water means the farm, within a short time period, would be able to graze the animals on its own fodder farm,” says Vincent Subbey.

Community engagement

As part of that initiative, Trax Ghana has also trained a first batch of “Community Livestock Workers” to act as first aid dispensers to the scholarship animals.

The Community Livestock Workers will also report on the animal welfare and conditions to the Trax-Kavli farm.

“These are strong traditional societies, and the project ensures community support by consulting with the elders and community leaders in crucial decisions, such as, in choosing the Community Livestock Workers,”, says director Vincent Subbey.

Female role models

“The Trax-Kavli scheme is also using local female role models, like Ms Janet Nyaaba, a local, and graduate from the University for Development Studies, Ghana, and engaging teachers and headteachers of potential beneficiary schools.”