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Farmers Organizations Network of Ghana (FONG)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Address of the organisation: Location of office-Darkuman Junction (Kokompe), Opposite TOTAL Petrol Filling Station, Off the Kaneshie market-Odokor road, Accra.

Postal address:   P.O Box DK 216 – Darkuman, Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

General e-mail address:farmersorganisation@yahoo.com ; farmersorganisation@gmail.com

Office Phone number: +233 302 32 68 80

Name of the President or elected Chairperson: Dr. King-David Amoah

E-mail address of the President or elected Chairperson: kdkamoah@yahoo.com 

Phone number of the President or elected Chairperson: +233 243 86 35 67 or +233 204 25 89 08

Name of the Secretary, Manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO): David Yemo Tetteh Odoi(National Coordinator)

E-mail address of the Secretary, Manager or CEO:davidodoi3000@yahoo.com

Phone number of the Secretary, Manager or CEO: + 233 272 98 69 94

Website: http://www.fongh.org

Social Media: Facebook

 

Geographical coverage

Geographical coverage: National

Foundation and nature of the organisation

Date of creation: 23 June 2003

Legal status:  FONG is officially and legally registered in Ghana as a non-governmental organization, tagged with registration no G11653 at the Registrar General’s Department and registered, bearing no D.S.W/2346 at the Social Welfare Department. 

MEMERSHIP

Member organisations

Number of member organisations (for Unions or Federations): 199

Type of member organisations: Associations, NGOs

Name of main member organisations:

  • Ideal ladies Association
  • Akoasi Bomdwen Farmers
  • Kyeremase Greenwood Multipurpose Farmers
  • Nazareth GLOHFA
  • Akoasi Adom Farmers
  • Tornu Farmers Association
  • Alavanyo Wudidi Wowonyo Rice Farmers
  • Peace and Love Farmers Ass - V/R
  • Oasis of Peace Farmers
  • Hlefi Women Farmers
  • Ave Tokor/Gbegame Farmers
  • Hodzo Avefe Hadzugar Farmers
  • Bunibumlar Farmers Group
  • Wurupong Farmers Union
  • Peki Adzakoe Farmers
  • Lume Astame Farmers
  • Biakoye Women Farmers
  • Anfoete Tsebi Farmers Group
  • Nyame Nadom Rural Women, Volta
  • Noviwonyo Farmers  Association
  • Lolornyo Farmers Association
  • Dzigbordi Farmers
  • Nyame Nihene Farmers Association
  • Kawuman Farmers Association
  • Peaceful Farmers Association
  • WREGFA
  • Nyame Adom Vegetable Farmers
  • Bedomase- Onayame Akwan
  • Kuapa Bipoa Akwabaa Women Roup
  • Afamanso Widows Foundation
  • Offinso-Kokote Women Farmers
  • Ebenya Adzia
  • Nipa Hia Nboa
  • Baatanpa Farmers Association
  • Akuafo Adanfo Farmers Association
  • Akuafo Kuo
  • Nyami di Kan Farmers Association
  • Nyame do ne mba
  • Onyame ne yen boafo-Tuobodom
  • Kaa Taa Farmers
  • Nensor Group
  • Bachame
  • Sidawa
  • Atap3chen
  • Takaapo
  • Donkro Nkwanta
  • Jema Group, Kwaye ma Nkosuo
  • Langtaar Group
  • Rice/Maize Growers Ass, Kintanpo
  • Hyireso Christian Mothers
  • Kwame-Danso
  • Nkonim Farmers Ass, Aurowa
  • Yaag3ka
  • Nyupedakredo
  • Nyame Nti Women Farmers
  • Boweaka
  • Babowasolaado
  • Boafo ye na Women Farmers, Prang
  • Nyame Akwan Women Farmers
  • Onua do y3 kuo
  • Nyame Adom Farmers
  • Nkoranza Kroye Maize Farmers
  • Kintanpo Confidence Farmers
  • Kuadwuma y3 Women Farmers
  • Okumkom Farmers Ass
  • Nyame na ay3 Women Farmers
  • Krobo nyame bekyere
  • Yeji Fish Mongers Ass
  • Bonsua Farmers Ass
  • Buoyem Adom Kuwo
  • Nyame tease - Attebubu
  • Awurade na aye Mothers
  • Peace and Love Farmers Ass - Hansua
  • Nyira Group - Cocoa/foodstuffs
  • Odo Kuwo - Kenten
  • Twumia Nkwanta Cassava Growers Ass
  • Hansua Women Gari Pro
  • Nyame ne yenboafo
  • Asomdwe Farmers Ass
  • Nyame Adwuma na ey3
  • Sedi3ebewie Farmers Ass
  • Nyame Bekyere Farmers Ass, Tuobodom
  • Banewura Ayoya Ass
  • Gye nyame Ass
  • Enso Nyameye Ass
  • Anidaso Farmers Group
  • Nkosuo Farmers group
  • Asomdwehene Farmers Ass
  • Susuka Women Farmers Ass
  • Guasituma Farmers Association
  • Kanokano Farmers Group
  • Kemanya Women’s Group
  • Ntoase Farmers Ass
  • Nkabom Farmers Association
  • Tinyor Farmers-Dawa Nkwanta
  • Adom Road Farmers Ass
  • Nyame Bekyere Farmers Group
  • Afram Plains Women Farmers Association
  • Unity Farmers Ass
  • Nyame Bekyere Crop Farmers Group
  • Widows Association, Aurora
  • Adom Farmers
  • Ntotroso Women Farmers Ass, Plantain
  • Abrono Organic Farmers
  • Central & Western Fish Mongers
  • Akese Women's Group
  • Odo co-operative Farming and marketing
  • kuapa Kookoo Farmers
  • Buyasa Yam Farmers
  • Wierubaalebo co-operative farmers
  • Fama Nyame Farmers Ass, Kenten
  • Roots and Tubers Ass
  • Laberika Rice Farmers Ass
  • Better Life Farmers Ass
  • Women in Need Foundation
  • Vegetable Growers Ass, Tanoso
  • Prang East Yam and Rice Farmers
  • Brenyekwa Farmers, Offinman
  • Ejura Women's Group
  • Oku Women Farmers Group
  • Youth and Agric Development
  • Nash Bee Club
  • Apeadwa Women Farmers
  • Atta Kwame Farmers
  • Nkrama Women Group
  • Nkramakrom Farmers
  • Odankunim Farmers Ass
  • Nyame Akwan Farmers
  • Sontana Farmers Ass
  • Banana Growers Ass
  • Gari Processors Ass Akrofrom
  • Abotare ye, Bowulunoden
  • Agyeimpra Cocoa Farmers Ass
  • Rabbit and Grusscutter Association
  • Chorkor
  • Okushibiade
  • Teacher Mante
  • Amanase
  • Asuboi
  • Gorjianor
  • Ayekokooso
  • Kukua
  • Hwanabenya
  • Budu
  • Kyekyewere
  • Dedewa
  • Faanaa
  • Chokomey
  • Sofayao Kope
  • Old Ningo Association
  • Konko Association
  • Moree
  • Oboyedur
  • Nyanano
  • Afram Plains
  • Kokrobite
  • Aboa
  • Ahwiam
  • Kojo Ashong
  • Mankrong Women Farmers
  • Suhum Tetekason women Farmers Association
  • Juni Farms
  • Wenkuni Farms
  • Crop Livestock innovation Farms
  • Amaringa Farms
  • Tampuli Farms
  • Ziwaga Farmily Farms
  • Tehisuma Farms
  • Abarika Nontua
  • Malzari
  • Soglo Mboribuni
  • Nanumba South Youth
  • Duko Soyabeans Farmers
  • NAGRAFA
  • Oshiyie Fish Smokers Association
  • Ayisa Best Farmers Association
  • Ameyaokope Vegetable & Livestock
  • Anhwiam Fish Smokers Ass
  • Akramaman Cassava Producers
  • Onyansanaa Vegetable Producers
  • Dome-Sampahman Farmers Ass
  • Amartey-Koni Farmers Association
  • Agbazor Cassava Processors Association
  • Bramkrom Food Growers Association
  • Tawiahkrom Food growers Association
  • Sanfo - Asuoyaa Farmers Association
  • Twum-Gyuaso
  • Babytse Farmers Association
  • Adu Kofi Farmers Association
  • Modern Farmers Association
  • Bongo Women Farmers
  • Tibotitooma Tongo Women Farmers Association
  • Tamalgu Farms
  • Wulensi Women Farmers
  • Nongtaaba Women Association
  • The Center Farmers Group
  • Wuruboalebo Farmers Association
  • Awisem
  • Asoano Vegetable Growers Association

Individual farmers members

Number of individual farmers/rural producers members: 5 000 (data: FONG 2016)

Type of members: small scale farmers and fisher groups

Number of individual women farmers/rural producers members: 65% of members

 

GOVERNANCE AND STRUCTURE

Governing Bodies: The General Assembly (GA), the National Executive Council, the Women’s College, the Youth Forum, the Zonal Councils, the National Secretariat, the Zonal Secretariats. The highest decision making body is the GA. The President of the network is also elected by the General Assembly who has oversight supervisory role of the Executive Council. The role of the President and the Executive Council are to act on behalf of the GA and implement the programmes of the Network.

Organization: The National Secretariat is the coordinating secretariat of all FONG activities and headed by the National Coordinator. The zonal secretariats work in collaboration with the National Secretariat through the Zonal Coordinators. The Zonal Coordinators are volunteers who work with the farmers and zonal councils to feed the National Secretariat with relevant information about the farmers work on the ground (zonal meetings, foras, farmers meetings, etc.). FONG has a National secretariat and three zonal secretariats based in the northern, middle and southern zones/belts of Ghana respectively, all involved in the day-to-day operations of the network.

 

OBJECTIVES AND MISSION

Strategic plan: The 2012-2016 strategic plan of FONG is built around the following key strategic axes: (i) Agricultural Financing; (ii) Institutional Strengthening; (iii) Institutional Alliances; (iv) Capacity Building; (v) Advocacy and Policy; (vi) Economic Services/Access to Markets.

Objective/s of the FO: The main objective of FONG is to unite and build a strong, visible and viable network of small-scale farmer and fisher based organizations and to contribute to food security.

The specific objectives of FONG are as follows; (i) Enhance the capacity of member organizations to enable them achieve their aim and objectives, (ii) Advocate for good and appropriate agriculture policies for the benefit of small-scale operators in Ghana, (iii) Create a platform for learning through information dissemination, exchange visits, experience documentation and sharing, (iv) Collaborate with networks that share FONG’s vision and aspirations national and international, (v) Promote and adopt sustainable management practices of natural resources associated with agriculture.

Mission and Vision of the FO:  Vision: Farming becomes profitable and attractive business venture for small-scale operators”. Mission: to enable the formation of a network of small scale farmers and fisher based organisations in Ghana to empower individuals and members in order to contribute to agriculture development, economic growth and sustainable use of natural resources.

 

AREAS OF INTERVENTION AND ACTIVITIES

Main areas/sectors of intervention:

Lobbying and advocacy, financial services, capacity building, gender services

Main activities:

Lobbying and advocacy

·       Involvement in policy formulation and analysis.

o   FONG’s head office is in Accra and is recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOFA) as one of the stakeholders in farmers’ organisations (FOs) development in the country. Due to this recognition, FONG was invited by the Ministry of Agriculture to participate in the drafting of a national policy framework on FOs in the country;

o   FONG has participated in the elaboration process of Ghana’s national Agricultural investment plan, named Medium Term Agricultural Sector Investment Plan (METASIP 2001-2015);

o   FONG, in collaboration with the MOFA, has organized a one-day workshop on Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) agriculture policy in Accra in 2004. An ECOWAS Common Agriculture Policy towards effective integration of the region is long over due.

·       Sensitization of farmers. FONG has been able to sensitize farmers and other key stakeholders on policies like Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), the ECOWAS Agricultural Policy (ECOWAP), the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

Financial services: linking members to financial institution. For example, women have had access to credit and have formed savings groups through the Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF)-FONG Fund for Leadership Opportunities for Women (FLOW) Project.

Capacity building: access to credit and organizational strengthening. In particular, FONG:

  • Organises community forums for women farmers on access to agricultural opportunities;
  • Supported community members to form farmer based organizations;
  • Trained maize processors ton how to avoid and identify aflatoxin in maize

Gender strategy: Special attention goes to gender and special programs exist for female farmers. In particular, FONG:

  • Put in place a Women’s college in 2011;
  • Organized the celebration of World Rural Women’s Day every year to advocate and engage stakeholders on favourable agricultural policies;
  • As a partner of WILDAF, organized public education activities outside of the Dangme East and Ga West districts for WILDAF personnel to talk to farmers and fisher folks on legal rights in Koforidua and Chokomey;
  • Women farmers benefited from training on good agricultural practices and direct extension services provided on their farms in the Suhum/Ayensuano Districts, Eastern Region, provided by the Department of Food and Agriculture (DoFA).

Main products of members: rice, maize, soya bean, vegetables, yam, cassava, shea butter, oil palm, banana, plantain

 

PARTNERSHIP

Main partners: Agence Française de Développement (AFD), AgriCord, Agriterra, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), European Union (EU), Oxfam, Réseau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA), Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC), UPA-DI, USAID, WiLDAF, MoFA-Ghana.

Main projects:

Membership in other organisations:

FONG is a member of the ROPPA and one of the four members of the Ghana Federation of Agricultural Producers (GFAP).

 

MAIN SOURCES OF INFORMATION, PUBLICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS

  • AgriCord/Agriterra, Organisational Mapping of Apexes Of Farmers Based Organisations In Ghana, 2008;
  • Fondation pour l’ agriculture et la ruralité dans le monde (FARM), Farmer's organizations in West and Central Africa: high expectations, hard realities. Ghana Country report by Peter Asibey-Bonsu, 2012. Available here
  • IFAD, IFAD Support to Famers Oganizations Has An Impact On The Livelihoods Of Their Members. A Two Case Study Illustration In Ghana
  • IFAD/SFOAP, Final Report of the SFOAP Pilot Phase (including case studies related to success stories), 2013, Available here.
  • ROPPA, Background information, Farmers Organisation Network in Ghana (FONG). Availablehere
  • STREBELLE. J., NYAMKEY. H., ASFAW. A. Participation des organisations paysannes et de leurs faitières à la sécurité alimentaire et aux flux commerciaux dans les marchés des produits de base – rapport pays: Ghana (ENGLISH VERSION). 2011. 84 pages. Available here
  • ESSAH. S. (FONG). The National Agricultural Investments Plan. 21 slides. Available here
  • Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (METASIP) 2009 – 2015. September 2010. 114 pages. Available here
  • Video, Lydia Sasu, National Women Leader for the Farmers Organisation Network in Ghana (FONG). Available here

 

Last update: October 2016