We trained 14,375 new cocoa farmers on good agricultural practices and crop diversification techniques to enhance productivity and profitability, with 85 percent previously trained farmers reporting an increase in yield and income. In Ghana, we raised 105,000 cocoa seedlings, which were distributed to and planted by 181 farmers. We contributed to developing the first cocoa-coffee policy, launched by the Liberia Agriculture Commodity Regulatory Authority.
We raised more than 520,000 seedlings, out of which 479,881 were distributed for replanting, reclamation and promoting livelihood diversification. In Ghana, more than 2,800 oil palm farmers were trained in climate-smart agriculture. In Nigeria, 327 trained artisanal mill operators improved their milling practices.
We convened a stakeholder dialogue with the technical working group on oil palm in Sierra Leone on the need for a national oil palm policy to guide production, processing and export of oil palm.
We developed a digital traceability platform for the artisanal small-scale mining sector with the support of Minnex, a digital technology solution company. Eight mines received training on the use of the platform leading to the export of the first fully traced gold (11.62 grams) from Ghana. As part of best mining practices and legal requirements, we supported two mines to reclaim 2.6 hectares of mined-out lands.
We also supported Ghana’s Minerals Commission to develop a draft National Child and Forced Labour Eradication Framework.
To promote aquaculture as a source of livelihood in Nigeria, we have onboarded 682 students and 542 smallholder farmers into the aquaculture project. An electronic learning, trading and farm management platform is under development and will soon be fully integrated into the academic syllabus of Tai Solarin College of Education.
To reduce pollution, a renewable energy installation is to power the Eriwe fish farm village
In 2022, 1,559 shea nut collectors and processors were trained in business management in ten processing centres. A health and safety needs report and a training curriculum with materials were developed. Additionally, 791 community members were sensitized on the importance of the shea tree and the risks of deforestation.
172 episodes of a radio program to mobilize, educate, and create awareness on issues pertaining to the sustainability of the shea supply chain have been broadcasted on two radio stations in Ghana.
Fruits and Vegetables
In 2022, Solidaridad collaborated with AgroXchange to introduce a digital platform for crop monitoring. A total of 5,733 smallholder farmers, including women and youth, were trained in good agricultural practices and financial literacy. 95 communities were sensitized on the benefits of vegetable farming as a business and improved family nutrition.
We supported the formation of 16 Village Savings and Loans Association groups made up of 149 smallholder poultry farmers. They also received financial education. Additionally, we engaged a financial institution and the Ghana Agricultural Insurance pool to design a financial product that offers credit and insurance for the farmers.
Farmers now have access to quality day-old chicks as a result of the operation of a breeder farm and hatchery set up in Ghana. Seventeen farmers across five project districts who purchased a total of 4,750 chicks recorded much lower mortality rates of less than 1.5 percent as of the end of 2022.
We engaged more than 32,500 farmers and 606 cooperatives in Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Chad. Solidaridad, in partnership with OLAM Agri, carried out sensitization and awareness sessions with beneficiaries, as well as partners. We trained 4,146 cotton farmers on gender and child labor, as well as on climate-smart environmental practices, and Village Savings and Loans Association schemes.
In Sierra Leone, we established nine farmer support centres across the 12 operational districts to ensure farmers’ access to inputs, tools and extension support for cashew cultivation. A total of 33,602 cashew seedlings were distributed to 4,500 farmers to improve productivity.
Additionally, a mini cashew processing factory is being constructed to improve the quality of processed nuts, create backward linkage for production, and reduce hazardous contamination from locally produced cashew nuts.
A multi-faceted approach
Deepen impact in four intervention areas
To meet our overarching goal of reducing poverty through the optimization of the productivity of supply chains while balancing this with responsible utilization of natural resources, we work on four interconnected results areas — Good Practices, Sustainable Business Ecosystems, Market Uptake and Enabling Policy Environment. Below are some of the strides we made in 2022.
Change that Matters Stories
CULTIVATING RESILIENT COCOA THROUGH AGROFORESTRY
For generations, removing non-cocoa trees was standard practice when establishing cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire. Conventional wisdom saw trees, no matter the species, as an obstacle to productive farms. Perceptions are changing as the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Programme (CORIP) introduces the benefits of agroforestry practices to cocoa farmers.
CREATING VALUE FROM WOMEN-LED PALM OIL ENTERPRISES IN GHANA
For Ruth Sackey, the oil palm business is not new. Over the last five years, she has been operating an oil palm processing mill at Ofoase-Panin in Ghana’s Eastern region. Yet, Ruth says this is not her main source of income. Her oil palm field is. She has been growing the commodity for the last 8 years and now boasts of a 25-acre farm.
RAKIA SHAIBU: LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY AND SHEA NUT COLLECTOR
The Yipielgu community in the Northern region of Ghana is in the heart of the region’s shea parkland where collection and processing of the valuable nuts provides a lifeline to many families. An innovative radio programme is helping people in Yipielgu and surrounding communities improve their practices and livelihoods.
Innovative Sustainability Solutions
Innovating for change
Transforming supply chains through digital solutions
Digital Solutions are key to scaling up our solutions and achieving impact at scale.
Organization & governance
A positive environment for learning and collaboration
Deliberate efforts by the regional leadership to sustain a conducive working environment for all staff contributed to high performance. Clients were served better as their feedback helped us to deliver state-of-the-art services to them. Our well-primed staff delivered quality support to farmers, miners and workers to benefit from our supply chain work. We kept an eye on partnerships and contributed thought and experiences to national development priorities.
The 2022 income is slightly lower by 0.3m euros compared to 2021 and higher than the budgeted income of 5.9m euros. Actual income realised from operations in 2022 amounted to 12.3m euros, which constitutes 65% of own income generated and 35% generated through other Solidaridad entities. This demonstrates the continuous efforts to diversify our fundraising efforts to other non Dutch-based development partners.
Income from private companies constitutes 15% of our income, slightly higher than what was achieved in 2021. There have been greater efforts to deepen fundraising ties with the private sector companies in West Africa, particularly in the cocoa supply chains.
Income from governments represented 15%, a significant reduction in results achieved in 2021. A number of programmes funded by government grants ended in 2021, hence the reduction in income. Income from other organisations such as the European Union, World Bank, foundations and other entities constitutes 44%. The signing of a new European Union grant, World Bank and Latter-days Saint in Sierra Leone contributed to an increase of 52% from 2021.
Total expenditure incurred in 2022 was 12.3m euros, representing a reduction of 3% compared to 2021 expenditure. Employee expenses represent 21% of total expenditure. Despite some programmes ending in 2021, a significant number of staff were maintained to manage existing programmes and to pursue new funding opportunities. A contribution of 2% of regionally generated income is paid to the Network Secretariat for providing support to our work in the region.
An amount of 9.6m euros representing 77% of the total expenditure of 12.3m euros was spent on activities and partner costs. Cocoa continues to be our major commodity in the region and constitutes 47% of our expenditure followed by oil palm programmes with 33%, Gold 7% and climate, food security and other projects constitute 12%.
We ended the year with a deficit of 74,455 euros.
The audited financial accounts will be added as soon as they are available