The Microfarm is a joint initiative of Africa Atlantic, Joint Aid Management and 4-H which teaches children basic agricultural, leadership and financial skills through hands-on experiential training paired with classroom instruction. The first pilot program was implemented with the villages of Agbokpa and Ahiatroga in partnership with Ahiatroga primary school. The students and community cultivated a one-acre drip-irrigated plot and are now preparing for project expansion. Tomatoes, onions and carrots were cultivated in the pilot stage.
Oyster Mushroom Cultivation
The Oyster Mushroom cultivation project allows students an experience in non-traditional agriculture and an opportunity to explore alternative income generating opportunities. Through the program students learn basic business principles including record-keeping, sales and marketing. The Oyster mushrooms are also incredibly nutritious and have been introduced into the community as an affordable option for enhancing the nutritional value of local meals.
Weekly 4-H meetings are held at Ahiatroga Primary school. The goal of these meetings is to develop responsible, mindful and compassionate youth that can lead and inspire transformation in their local communities. The students apply their acquired skills and knowledge in various school related projects, including the Microfarm and the Oyster Mushroom cultivation project.
Weekly health education meetings are held in three different villages surrounding Africa Atlantic’s farm and will be introduced into other communities shortly. These meetings are led by a Registered Nurse sponsored and supported by Africa Atlantic and cover relevant topics related to community health. In addition, each village receives free monthly health screenings which include blood pressure, heart rate and temperature checks.
National Health Insurance
Africa Atlantic arranged a National Health Insurance registration exercise in the surrounding communities and will continue to arrange subsequent registration and renewal exercises as needed.
In addition to the various social impact projects, Africa Atlantic has supplied the furniture, books, recreational and other learning materials for the local primary school. Africa Atlantic has also sponsored several camps and workshops for the surrounding communities.
Health Emergency Transportation
In numerous situations Africa Atlantic has transported ill individuals by boat and car to seek immediate medical attention. Although this is not a regular initiative of the company whenever an emergency arises Africa Atlantic feels a responsibility to assist their neighbors in receiving prompt and appropriate medical attention.
Both permanent and seasonal farm labor are sourced from the surrounding communities.
Africa Atlantic has hired a Community Relations Coordinator whose main responsibility is to build and maintain positive relationships with the surrounding communities. At any time the community relations coordinator is available to discuss challenges or issues with the community. In addition to building positive relationships with local traditional leaders, the community relations coordinator actively works alongside the community members in their various projects and activities.