ENSSA-KNUST Celebrates World Environment Day; Launches Women in Land Reclamation Program in Obuasi

ENSSA-KNUST kicked off the World Environment Day 2024 festivities with a proactive initiative on Wednesday, May 29th. They launched a Women in Land Reclamation outreach program in Obuasi, located in the Ashanti Region.

Addressing the student body about the restoration of degraded lands within the community, Master Kwabena Addo, who oversees the Climate Resilient Oil Palm Project at AngloGold Ashanti, emphasized the significance of this initiative. He highlighted that it is imperative for protecting the environment, mitigating threats to the community, and enhancing the livelihoods of its members.

According to Master Addo, their endeavor to improve community livelihoods involves the restoration of mined-out lands through the cultivation of oil palm, a sustainable crop well-suited to such areas. He noted that this effort not only revitalizes the land but also aids in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

As part of their project, AngloGold Ashanti also distributes oil palm seedlings to local farmers, further contributing to sustainable development within the locality. When addressing whether the initiative by AngloGold Ashanti is solely profit-driven, he emphasized its broader benefits to both the government and the community.

He pointed out that the initiative results in job opportunities for community members through farmer employment. Additionally, he highlighted that AngloGold Ashanti’s aim is to uplift the community’s well-being.

He explained that the company collaborates with local governments to provide essential support such as monitoring and training, particularly since knowledge in oil palm production is limited in Ghana. Joining the conversation, the proprietor of the restored degraded land, Reverend Emmanuel, encouraged young students to take a keen interest in oil palm production.

He emphasized that engaging in farming not only alleviates stress but also generates additional sources of income. He concluded by highlighting the lucrative nature of investing in oil palm production in Ghana, noting that the country still imports palm oil.

Finally, a farmer and fish farmer, Mr. Joseph Marfo, on the restored degraded land, echoed the importance of instilling determination in young students. He urged them to make the most of their time in school to become responsible leaders in the future.

The restored degraded land has been utilized for fish farming, including tilapia and catfish, as well as pig farming, resulting in additional income, food security, and employment opportunities for members of the community. Moreover, these endeavors contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.