THE POULTRY FARM
Made possible by the Schein Foundation.
Throughout history women have led the highly complicated workings of the West African commodities trade. Today, 70% of eggs in Ghana are traded through women in markets all over the country. Women continue to be an integral part of both food production and distribution. When looking at which businesses to pursue, food production is an obvious industry for empowering girls.
The demand for eggs in Northern Ghana is very high and supply is very low in the region. Currently 65% of egg production in Ghana is backyard and free range. With credit facilities being very poor in the North, few rural people are able to access the capital required to set up small scale poultry farms, leading to the majority of eggs being imported from other regions in Ghana in order to meet the high demand.
Create Change hopes to start a poultry farm that will train and employ dozens of girls every year, and will generate enough profit to assist hundreds of girls to get an education every year. The farm will primarily produce eggs and will work to supply the growing number of hotels, restaurants and provision shops in Ghana's Northern region.
Eggs are an important source of protein in Northern Ghana. Eggs are generally regarded as a super food because they contain almost all of the nutrients that the body requires for sustenance. Beginning with just 250 chickens with plans to scale the enterprise, the poultry farm will produce hundreds of nutritious eggs every day. The eggs produced will be free range, as chickens will have access to pasture on a daily basis where they can roam eating local insects and plants.
There are many benefits to free-range eggs. Firstly, they are notably healthier, with studies showing free range eggs have 1/3 less cholesterol and 1/4 less saturated fat than conventional eggs. With heart disease as the leading cause of death among adults in Ghana, producing healthier eggs which many people consume daily, can have a notable impact on health. Secondly, we want to promote humane practices towards animals in Ghana. Create Change will train girls to raise animals ethically so they spread their practice as they move on to start their own small-scale farms.
THE POULTRY FARM DESIGN
With extreme limitations of both skill set of trades people and a lack of access to materials, the poultry farm is being carefully designed by Project Manager Jesse Cathcart, who is currently enrolled as a Masters student in Emily Carr University's Design program. Please find below some renderings of the poultry farm we expect to build, which would feature 3 x 1,200 sq ft chicken coops, that will exceed Canadian free range standards in terms of space provided. The coops will be able to open up during the day, providing chickens with over 28,000 sq ft. of roaming space.
The construction poultry farm is planning to take place in early 2018, at which point it will start off slowly with only 250 chickens, with plans to grow to over 750 chickens by the end of 2018. Stay tuned for more updates!
The poultry farm will provide a two year training program for girls who are interested in pursuing agriculture. Girls get training in poultry farming as well as business management, so they are equipped to manage their own poultry farm.
FUNDS FOR EDUCATION
The poultry farm is expected to be very profitable. With the likely prospect of expanding to create satellite farms, the poultry farm has the potential to support marginalized girls to continue their education every new school year.
Girls working at the farm will be trained using ethical practices, teaching them to treat animals with dignity. The farm will educate the public on the benefits of ethical farming with the hope of inspiring other farms to improve their practices.
VOLUNTEER WITH US
Do you have experience in farming or animal rearing, and want empower girls in Ghana to be able to raise chickens and become seasoned entrepreneurs? Than consider volunteering with us, either with our team in Vancouver, Canada, or with our operation in Northern Ghana.