|EU, UN Provide Funding|
|Tuesday, 05 January 2010 09:13|
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) have launched two projects for Ghana to promote the poultry industry and enhance community capacity building.
The two projects, the Sankofa Family Poultry and the Buduburam Community Capacity Development Initiative, which are being funded with EUR 188, 749 and EUR 199, 904 respectively were in commemoration of International Migrants Day.
A release issued in Accra yesterday by the European Union office in Ghana said Sankofa Family Poultry project seeks to re-establish smallholder poultry breeding in five communities in Tamale and three communities in Somey to improve the livelihood and nutrition of the people in the beneficiary communities.
The EU/UN joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) is a three- year programme funded by the European Union.
The Joint Initiative is implemented by the United States Development Programme, International Organisation Migration, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations High Commission for Refugees and International Labour Organisation and introduces a new way of making migration work for development by using initiative, bottom-up approach that will support small scale actors to undertake concrete actions.
“The activities to be carried out include the training of 130 people in poultry, health, providing 170 women with microcredit support to establish sustainable livelihoods, an HIV and AIDs awareness campaign and financial literacy”, the release said.
Under the project, it said female members of the Ghanaian Diaspora in Holland will be supported in the transfer of their experience and knowledge of basic agricultural and health measures to local women and in advocating for development policies in Ghana.
The Head of Good Governance Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, Ms. Daria Fane, said the JMDI is another important milestone towards an enhanced EU/UN collaboration to pursue our common vision of creating a better life for everybody worldwide.
“Protection and welfare of the human being is at the heart of our efforts and in this perspective securing the positive impacts of migration has become as important to us as mitigating the adverse effect of illegal migration and human trafficking”.
Mr. Douda Toure, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, said, “The Joint initiative is unique and as it capitalises on the expertise and resources of the European Union and several United Nations Agencies to and the International Organisation for Migration(IOPM) to make migration work for development”.
He said this joint initiative demonstrates how international organisation can work together to harness the energy of small-scale actors to deliver local solutions to global challenges.
Source: Ghanaian Times