Agriculture is the most important industry in tropical
Africa. Economic development and the welfare of the majority
of African people depend on the performance of the agricultural
industry. The last 20 years or so have seen a steady decline
in per capita food production.
AGRUDEF is a voluntary, independent, development-oriented
foundation committed to improving the lives, standard of living
and employment prospects in the rural areas of Awutu-Effutu-Senya,
District, Central Region of Ghana.
The main objective of AGRUDEF is to provide vocational training for the
rural youth, especially the unemployed, in small-scale farming and other
employable skills. With the often expressed concerns about environmental
degradation in mind, participants will be introduced to ecologically
sustainable methods of agriculture.
They will acquire the necessary skills through apprenticeship-style training
in crop, animal production, extension services, environmental protection
and community development schemes. With these approaches, income levels
of the rural communities will rise, and hopefully, the draft of population
towards urban areas will slow down. On the basis of local community support
which the foundation has cultivated, and its partnership with some organisations,
it will be able to give hope to those who now have no hope, particularly
the unemployed youth in the target areas.