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DeCo! - Decentralized Composting for Sustainable Farming and Development

DeCo! - Decentralized Composting for Sustainable Farming and Development

“DeCo! - Decentralized Composting for Sustainable Farming and Development”. The composting firm DeCO! benefits local farmers by producing organic fertiliser in decentralised composting plants following a low-tech approach. By working with local NGOs, government and research institutes, DeCO! aims to inform and educate farmers about the advantages of sustainable soil management.

DeCo! offers a composting service to smallholder farmers in Northern Ghana. DeCo! follows a low-tech approach and aims for scalability. The plants are run by highly educated local managers and DeCo! offers part-time work for local people during the off-farming season. DeCo! is a social business convinced of the benefits of compost, which addresses soil degradation and its associated local challenges by providing a composting service to smallholder farmers. Local people sell farm and household waste biomass to DeCo!. At a decentralized composting plant, the biomass of 3-6 surrounding villages is gathered and composted. DeCo! employs only local people who have no alternative work during dry season. the compost is then sold to local farmers who apply it before the sowing period. 

  • Completion of pilot phase;
  • Securing local partnerships, including with the ministry, scientific bodies, local farmer organisations, and international NGOs;
  • Continuing field experiments with SARI and UDS;
  • Attracting new investors

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