In Northern Ghana the farming is done in the rainy season. This means that in the dry season no farming activities can be carried out. This can cause problems in providing food and money for families and affects the growth of the children.
BIBIR has come up with the livestock project as a way to stay productive in the dry season. After identifying a community in need, In collaboration with the Animal Research Institute (ARI), BIBIR provides the beneficiaries with orientation programs on livestock rearing. The beneficiaries must then show their commitment by providing suitable pens and housing structures for the animals. After that, BIBIR returns with the ARI to give further orientation on topics like animal health and animal reproduction. After that BIBIR provides the beneficiaries with sheep or pigs. The farmers take care of the animals and make sure they reproduce. After two and a half years, BIBIR asks them to return the double amount of animals. This should not be a problem as the animals produce numerous offspring. The organization uses these animals to start new livestock projects.
BIBIR noticed that in the rainy season a lot of children in the communities were not in
school, because they had to help their parents with the
BIBIR helps the farmers pay for tractors services. The farmers sit together with the tractor service provider and set a price. Then BIBIR pays for the tractor service, which is plowing. A year later the organization asks back the money from the beneficiary farmers, with a small increase, but this gets circulated right back to the farmers trough tractor services. BIBIR also provides fertilizers. These activities give the farmers the chance to become more productive and take more advantage of the rainy season. The most important thing is that the children can keep attending to school.