Thursday, September 17, 2009

Off to Ghana….A new initiative’s first leg.

I am honored and excited to be part of an initiative with Praxis Strategy Group and the Abba Father Foundation. We will be working with Sustain Micro Enterprise, Ltd. in Ghana. While we are there to take the first steps in establishing a program with 200 farmers of the Akuapem Mountain Women Forum for the purpose of developing organic pineapple exports to North America. We will also be in the initial planning stage for a Ghana/north American Ag Expo to be held in 2010. More on these initiative’s in future blogs.

Prior to leaving, I had shots/medication for Yellow Fever, Typhoid and Malaria. I left from Fargo at 6 AM this morning and will arrive tomorrow at 8:30AM. I will be picked up at the airport by and brought to Akropong, a rural community north of Accra, to meet Delore Zimmerman of Praxis Strategy Group and Tony Mensah-Abrampah of Sustain Micro Enterprise. Akropong is in the Akuapem region, a historical socio-political division of Ghana. The area is led by Paramount Chief of Akuapem Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III (whom we will meet.) It was an area known for the growth of cocoa, but since this has collapsed due to emergence of poor soil.
More to come…and if I can figure it out video.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Roger, what a great opportunity! I am very interested in following along on your Ghana blog. We have been doing focus groups with Nigerian students for one of our international higher education clients, as well as personal interviews with students in Ghana and Zambia. One of the issues that seemed to be a constant in the rural Africa was unreliable internet connectivity in many of these areas. I would be interested in learning what your experience is in rural Ghana related to internet accessibility. --Dean Schieve

    ps. I understand you got your shots before leaving, but did you bring your sunscreen? lol

    Best wishes on a successful venture/adventure