EU SUPPORTS THE COCONUT WASTE PROJECT WITH 1.4 MILLION EUROS
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EU SUPPORTS THE COCONUT WASTE PROJECT WITH 1.4 MILLION EUROS


 




EU HAS DONATED 1.4 MILLION EUROS TO SUPPORT THE COCONUT WASTE PROJECT


By Azaglo Michael 


 The European Union has donated 1.4 Million Euros to support the Coconut Waste Project implemented by CERATH Development Organization, the La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA) and Tree Crops Center (TCC).


 This was revealed at the launch of the Coconut Waste Project held on Thursday 20th May 2021 at Mensvic hotel, East Legon Accra Ghana.Speaking at the event, The European Union deputy head of the missions, H.E Smidt Van Gelder encouraged Civil Society Organizations and the implementors of the Project to make sanitation a priority and collaborate effectively to ensure good governance and sustainable development.


According to Mr. Prince Dacosta Aboagye, the project manager of the Coconut Waste Project, the main objectives of the project is to establish a coconut waste aggregation system in the targeted municipality, Institute a processing centre to convert coconut waste into selected useable products, create linkages with market actors to procure value-added products, and also Implement a monitoring and evaluation system for waste management, learning and scaling of the project.


He also emphasized that “they’re looking at employing 200 women and youth within the coconut waste value chain as aggregators, factory workers, and entrepreneurs. Through this, the project will create livelihood opportunities especially for women and youths in LaNMMA. The baseline study of the project recorded that 6 out of 10 youths in the La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality are unemployed and are seeking jobs for the first time.


Mr. Paa Kofi Osei- Owusu, the West Africa Director of CERATH Development Organization also mentioned that Ghana is capable of using coconut waste to transform some sectors of the economy mindful of the fact that countries like Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and South Africa have been able to achieve such feat.


 Mr. Kwamena Quaison, who represented the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) also implored CERATH Development Organization and its partners to further deepened engagements and partnership with relevant stakeholders for the success of the project. He led the swearing-in of the project management board.

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