RIT field monitoring visit to Cape Three Points Forest Reserve with ResourceTrust Network
The sub regional project officer for Ghana, Togo, Benin and Cameroon of the regional implementation team (RIT) of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Mr Paul Ngafack, made an official visit to the landscape of the Cape Three Point forest reserve from the 26th to 29th February, 2020. The visit was part of the RIT field monitoring activities designed toward the closure of the Resourcetrust CEPF’s funded small grant project, “Supporting the Implementation of Best Management Practices in Smallholder plantations in the Cape three point forest”. Paul was accompanied by the RTN project officer Mike Ayeh.
The first stop of the visit, was Ghana Rubber Estates Limited (GREL), plantation manager’s office. The team met Mr. Mathias Ahimah who discussed GREL involvement in the project and how their collaboration with Resourcetrust on the project had been succesful. Mr. Ahimah also led the team on a tour of the GREL nucleus plantation. The visiting team met smallholder farmers from three communities namely Nkwantanan, Adelazo and Seremowu at the Nkwantanan community center. Over thirty community members were present at the meeting. Farmers expressed their appreciation about the project and asked for further support from the RIT to expand project interventions to reach wider stakeholders. Smallholder rubber plantations close to the Cape Three Point forest on the eastern side were visited and farmers were interviewed on the impact of the project on their operations. This was followed by visits to two farming communities, Akodee and Cape Three Point, and their plantations on the eastern side of the forest reserve. Farmers appeared to be motivated by Resourcetrust’s’ actions in the landscape especially the provision and management of pesticide waste receptacles and asked the RIT to continue supporting the communities through Resourcetrust Network. The final point of call was the Ahanta West municipal office for food and agriculture. On arrival, the director of operations Mr. Emmanuel Tieko was on the field but he vacated his activities to meet the RIT representative with two of his staff.
In all, the team spend four days on the field visiting major stakeholders of smallholder agriculture to include the private sector; Ghana Rubber Estates Limited, the government agencies; three communities and their plantations close to the Cape Three Point forest.