Governor General Michaelle Jean visiting CHF's FARMER project during her recent trip to Ghana and other African countries.

Photo: Cpl Issa Paré, Rideau Hall

Governor General Michaelle Jean Visits CHF Ghana Project

On November 30, accompanied by the Canadian High Commissioner and a large entourage of officials, Governor General Michaelle Jean landed in Ghana as part of African state visit.

Following her official protocols, the Governor General traveled to Golinga, located 15 kilometres west of Tamale in northern Ghana. Golinga is one of a number of small communities where CHF's FARMER project is working to help farmers, especially women's groups, improve livestock and agricultural practices.

The Governor-General was welcomed by a large and colourful durbar, complete with drumming and dancing. Before arriving at the durbar ground, however, she visited and met with women farmers at their small livestock project sites.

The Governor General expressed great excitement about the farmers' achievements in trying to improve their income levels. She commended the women for now being able to send their children to school and increase their savings from thier livestock production activities.

In Golinga, the FARMER project has provided funding to train these farmers on improved husbandry practices to increase the productivity of their sheep and goats. ACDEP, CHF's partner organization, has also trained and equipped a Community Livestock Worker to help improve the health of the livestock.

As a result of this support, farmers have put up better pens and improved storage and use of feed. Not surprisingly, the livestock here look healthier and bigger than those of farmers not involved with the project.

The Governor General was pleased by the community's livelihoods activities and applauded the partnership between Ghana and Canada.