Moringa, the Miracle Tree!

“Moringa Project for Livelihood Diversification, Nutritional Enhancement and Sustainable Land Use” We have now started our Moringa Training Project, sponsored by USAID’s “Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture”. The Project: The project will train 180+ people on the Moringa Oleifera tree, which is valued for its high nutritional value, sustainable agricultural…

THIS WEEK AT KITA – REFLECTIONS ON RAINWATER

THIS WEEK AT KITA – REFLECTIONS ON RAINWATER Nadine Plomp, a teacher at Rotterdam College in the Netherlands, volunteered for two weeks in 2014 for KITA. She worked on setting up a pilot rainwater-harvesting system on the rooftop of the KITA library, and was also busy trying to set up the TAHMO, Trans-African Hydrological Meteorological…

This Week at KITA- AgriCorps Arrivals

Hello from Kumasi! My name is Melissa Tabke and I’ve been here at KITA for a few weeks working on some pretty awesome projects and teaching a few classes. Why am I in Ghana you ask? I’m originally from rural NW Iowa, USA. I recently graduated from Texas Tech University with my masters in ruminant…

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FARMERS HAVE TALENT CONTEST George Ansah, Projects Manager of KITA, is travelling to Burkina Faso this week to attend the Livelihoods Camp 2015. He has won the “Farmers Have Talent” Contest, and will be representing KITA and Trees for the Future Ghana.   This Camp is a chance to share innovative ideas on how to…

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AGRICORPS GHANA AgriCorps, similar to the Peace Corps, sends US agricultural graduates abroad to work in developing countries. With a team of 7 volunteers, this is AgriCorps’ first year in Ghana. They are working mostly with youth in Junior High Schools, promoting an experiential, learning-by-doing approach to education. AgriCorps is working in partnership with 4-H…

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SAY GOODBYE The past three months have flown by! In November, we were happy to receive 5 students from TU Delft in Holland to complete internships at KITA. And this week we were sad to say goodbye to Julia, Dominique, Bart, Melanie and Lorijn, but we were happy with their contributions to KITA….

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THIS WEEK AT KITA – 7 CHRISTMAS TILAPIA HARVEST Pious, the Student Projects Officer, and George, the Assistant Projects Manager, are harvesting fresh Tilapia for Christmas. The Tilapia are from a small integrated fish-duck pond on campus.  The Tilapia feed off of the duck droppings and the byproducts of the droppings, and the ducks keep…

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THIS WEEK AT KITA – 6 IMPROVED COOKSTOVE PROTOTYPE New Improved Cookstove Prototypes are on their way at KITA.  This prototype, a work in progress, uses a recycled paint drum as the outer casing. Inside, will be a combustion chamber and insulative material made from a combination of ceramic clay, ashes, sawdust etc. This stove…

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THIS WEEK AT KITA – 5 FIELD TRIP TO GHANA PERMACULTURE INSTITUTE The Ghana Permaculture Institute (GPI) was founded by Paul Yeboah, a former graduate of KITA. GPI is a promoter of Permaculture: a design system for creating sustainable human environments. GPI now provides trainings in Moringa production, mushroom cultivation, eco-building design, sustainable agriculture etc….

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THIS WEEK AT KITA – 4 NATIONAL SERVICE PERSONNEL In Ghana, after students graduate from University they are mandated to complete one year of National Service.  This year, KITA is honoured to have three National Service Personnel as part of our team! They are Victoria, Bright and Rejoice. They are involved in many projects at…

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THIS WEEK AT KITA IMPROVED COOKSTOVE PROJECT Students from TU Delft and KITA are beginning to collect data on kenkey makers in the area, in order to assess the demand for improved cookstoves. Kenkey is a traditional and popular food, made from fermented maize, eaten across Ghana. The women who produce kenkey use traditional wood-burning…