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4-H Ghana – A life changing experience for young people

July 13, 2017

Agriculture is the backbone of Ghana’s labour force but there’s a surprising lack of education for this industry. Although agriculture plays a large role in maintaining the stability of the economy, as a subject it is removed from school curriculums by junior high school.

Appiah Kwaku Boateng (aka Boat) shared his story with summit delegates, explaining the benefits 4-H brings to their community, country and culture.

“Because of my nation’s struggle with understanding our needs, I saw a large benefit from the fundamentals that 4-H offers to next generations,” said Boat.

4-H Ghana was founded by Boat in 2000, and the organization has become a leader in their community in engaging and educating youth groups about agriculture.

“4-H is changing the perception that agriculture is viable for a sustainable life in Ghana,” said Boat.

He hopes that by offering these programs outside of school to local youth, 4-H can motivate and develop the future leaders of Ghana.

The way 4-H Ghana approaches things is a bit different from many other countries, but they still follow the same root principles: positive youth development, health, social services and food security through modernized agriculture for a sustainable future. They also provide mentorship and education opportunities to encourage the next-gen of community leaders.

What’s more, 4-H Ghana offers so many opportunities to its youth including partnerships with Agricorps, a US non-profit organization that recruits agricultural university students from across the USA to volunteer on 4-H projects in Ghana for 11 months. These volunteers share their knowledge and experience of new and available technology with less developed countries. It’s been a fantastic learning experience for 4-H Ghana members.

“If you want to take the knowledge you learned in university and do something positive with it afterward, consider volunteering with us to help make a difference within communities that desperately need it, such as Ghana,” said Agricorps Founder Trent McKnight.

“Most people in Ghana have limited land to work with, maybe a quarter of an acre, so these new technologies help us develop a way to make the most out of such a small space,” said Boat. “We want people to know it’s financially viable to have a career in agriculture in developing countries like Ghana, so long as you are willing to learn new things.”

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