INTEGRATED BEEKEEPING AND CASHEW PLANTATION IN THE NORTHERN REGIONS OF GHANA

with a network of 500 women out-growers,we conserve and reclaim degraded lands through integrated beekeeping and cashew plantation.

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  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

ABDULAI IBN SADIK

Initiative's representative date of birth

15/04.1985

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Ghana

Headquarters location: city

TAMALE

Where are you making a difference?

Tilaa;is a social impact company in the northern regions of Ghana.it administrative office is in Tamale.regional capital of northern region,but it operates in the rural communities

Website or social media url(s)

www.tilaaltd.com

Date Started

June/2015

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working toward the next level of expansion)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €50k - €100k

Organization Type

  • Hybrid

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

Northern regions of Ghana use to be the food basket of the country.this narrative has changed.this was observed by the co-founders.as the yield of parents of the co-founders contentious to decline.they therefore decided to research into the general low agricultural productivity in the area.this was revealed among others that;bush burning,illegal cutting of trees and overgrazing contribute to climate change.as a result there is low rainfall and poor soil fertility.to solve this there was a need to integrate beekeeping and cashew plantation in order to conserve,reclaim degraded lands and also create sustainable jobs for the rural poor

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Rural unemployment,bush burning for bush meat and illegal cutting of trees for charcoal.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

we integrate beekeeping and cashew plantation for the production and processing of; organic honey, beeswax, bee jelly, cashew nuts and animals feed from pruned cashew leaves. we do this with a network of 500 women out-growers.we trained them on the best practices of integrated beekeeping,land management,climate mitigation and adaptation,distribute beehives and cashew seedlings to them,offer them extension services,buy the products from them,package and distribute to both local and international market. this is to create sustainable jobs for the rural poor.who are engage in bush burning for bush meat,cut down trees for charcoal.which is our last defense against deforestation, also as carbon sinks and over graze the land with their animals.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

by integrating beekeeping and cashew plantation with a network of 500 women out-growers.our impact interns of job creation,land conservation, reclamation and carbon restoration is immense. we don't also have bay product in our line of production.as the only buy product is process to animals feed.

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

we collaborate with Ghana climate and innovation hub.to offer us training on climate mitigation and adaptation and carbon credit calculation. the company is also in collaboration with world resource institute (WRI) to train us on land restoration through tree planting.which serve as carbon sinks.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

The company has made impact on communities that we operate; we have created 500 direct sustainable jobs for the poor rural women,through our out-growers scheme. we also conserved and reclaimed 200 hectors.through our cashew plantations.which serve as carbon sinks.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

we shall recruit an additional 1,000 women out-growers in 2020 conserved and reclaim 500 hectors through integrated beekeeping and cashew plantation. construct an irrigation dump to irrigate 300 hectors. Registered and certify our products with international regulators. Export the products to both European and USA market.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

as part of our strategy in creating shared value.we have established collaboration with the communities chiefs,district and municipal chiefs executives to release lands for the company.they also assist us in recruiting the out-growers.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Tilaa;is a social impact entity,which generate revenue.through revenue generated the company shall be able to sustain it self in short,medium and long term.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

the company is currently manage by six management team; Mr. Sadik Ibn Abdullai is the Managing Director (MD) and a co-founder of Tilaa Company Limited. He has over eight years experience in agriculture, especially in bee keeping. He is a graduate from Kwame Nkurmah University of science and Technology kumasi with MSc.industrial finance and investment. Mr.Danlade Abdul Mumen;is the accountant and finance office.he is a member of charted accountant Ghana.we also have five board of advisers.

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Vittel page or contact

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