According to Ash Amin (2009) in his book The Social Economy: International Perspectives on Economic Solidarity “Relatively little is known about why people get involved in the social economy – as entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers – and even less is known about how they perceive the experience or what they gain from it”.
I was very happy to receive an email today from Felix Kwabena Donkor, who is doing an MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability Sciences in Aalborg University Denmark, about his experiences volunteering in Ghana (below).
Referring to Ash Amin’s quote above, I’m wondering if we can start to answer the questions about why people get involved in social and solidarity economy activities, and what we gain from it. Please post a comment or email me: email@example.com
Enhancing rural agriculture
Close to 70% of the population in Ghana and Africa live in rural areas with agriculture being the mainstay of the rural economy. In Northern Ghana the
impact of climate change and poor farming practices have led to the situation where farmers farm for only half of the year. This coupled with population growth has aggravated the livelihood of these rural communities.
The Conservation Agriculture project under the auspices of CARE-Ghana in collaboration with some community based non-governmental organisation seeks to reverse this trend. Conservation agriculture (CA) refers
to a set of practices/procedures that ensure higher agricultural productivity and profitability whilst improving soil health and the environment.
Volunteering on this project was a fulfilling and enriching experience seeing smiles on the faces of the farmers.