Regulations of the foundation Barbarugo
Chambre of Commerce Nr 5659 4119 ( 2012 12 04)
Banking account NL05RABO 0174 9693 41
The foundation Barbarugo aims at an effective way of foreign aid in Ghana. Millions of people live in poor circumstances and grinding poverty. The north part of Ghana is too dry and too infertile for successful farming and horticulture. Bamboo is one of the few plants that is able to grow in that area. We offers people a better future with the cultivation of bamboo.
Method of working of the foundation
- • We encourage the inhabitants of uncultivated areas to start and develop activities in the growth of bamboo. In the middle-long term they will achieve better living conditions and the poverty in these areas will be reduced
- • We advice the landowners in the cultivation of the land, in the fencing, if necessary, of their land and in the planting out of bamboo. Besides we advice those who are concerned in matters as irrigation works, control of plant diseases, and the sale of the harvest including international options
- • Bamboo can avoid rainwater being evaporated in a short time after the rare rainfall. When the water is lead to the place of the well, the well will not dry out in a few days. With bamboo we can withdraw the Sahel!
- • The work on the land is in our vision not exclusive for women! We will try to make the men responsible not only for the success of the cultivation but also for certain aspects of the housekeeping and the education of their kids. A part of the earned money should be spent on the future of the kids by sending them to school
- • One of the problems the country is dealing with, is the illegal woodcut. Bamboo , specially certain species, is a good alternative for hardwood. By promoting the cultivation of bamboo, the illegal woodcut will be decreased.
To participate in this project you should know:
1. Due to Governmental rules, it is not permitted to plant bamboo on grounds that are used for cultivating food crops, nor in protected forests.
2. To make it economically profitable the availble area should be at least 10 or more hectares, although we start the first year with one ot two ha only.
3. These grounds may be owned by several owners.
4. Each owner or the farmer has to affiliate with the Barbarugo Cooperative. The Cooperative does the purchases and the sales of the bamboo.
After substraction of material costs, overhead costs, taxes of chief and government and the interest of the given microcredits, the nett results will be payed to the owner or the farmer.
- • To obtain a result with which the economy of Ghana will make a step forward, we aim at 100.000 hectares in about 10 years
- • As it is a new project with hardly any references, we start with a surface of about 30 hectares. This part of land is already available and can be explored in about half a year
How to achieve our aim
- • There are a lot of organizations and foundations in the Netherlands and abroad that have Good Objective Projects in Ghana. They support a.o.t. the building of schools that have to be sponsored for a long time. The parents of the children that visit these schools will be motivated to create an income by cultivating bamboo. The schools will be an unique possibility to get in contact with these parents
- • Of course the national and local authorities have to contribute to the project. This support can be given in different ways: to put land to disposal, to provide knowledge of the bamboo cultivation, to assist in creating more wells in the bamboo areas, etc.
- • To be sure the best species of bamboo are selected, a group of experts has to be founded. Each expert has to bring in his / her special knowledge within the field of bamboo
- • The harvested bamboo must be handled within the country to create more jobs. Local industry has to become motivated to join the project. If there is no adequate industry, new factories must be founded to create the end products of bamboo
- • The first need is the bamboo plant ( 2,00 euro each) and enough land to prepare for the cultivation. The above mentioned Good Objective Project organizations, working in Ghana, will contribute in these initial costs. Besides this input individual gifts and national subsidies, for example from the Ministry of Foreign Aid, must guarantee the continuation of the project. Rabo Bank NL05RABO 17496 9341 in the name of Stichting Barbarugo.
- • In this first phase of the project land is put to our disposal for free. It has a surface of about 30 hectares.
- • To keep the farmers motivated a special “jury” will put up rewards for those who reach the best results
Finally the Business Plan
We start with 5 ha.We will pay 5 x 400 x € 2 = € 4000 for bamboo seedlings and € 3000 for labour and materials.
Next year (2014) already 50 ha has been offered by chiefs. It is dependant of the money that is available how many hectares will be planted.
In the coming years our aim is to get 100.000 ha with bamboo. That is an investment of € 140.000.000, an important part will be paid by farmers who have already their first harvests.
To organize this we will establish a cooperative in Ghana for all farmers within some months. This cooperative looks after the purchase of plants and tools, but also the sales of the bamboo culms.
The cooperative should regulate the following points:
• ownership of the land and of the bamboo
• protection of the cultivation
• how to take care of the cultivation; basic provisions
• how the farmers are paid by loans in euros the 5 year bamboo needs to grow till it is ready to harvest and how they have to pay back the funds again in euros after five years, each year 15% of the sales of the crop until the money has been repaid.
• their contribution to the organisation. (instruction, transport etc.)
• Efficient processing and preservation techniques are also major areas of concern as well as product development and promotion into modern products (engineered bamboo) that may successfully compete with wood products in price and performance, or it will be transposed to charcoal.
To place the aims of the project in the right perspective: the profit of one hectare of bamboo with 300 to 400 plants is enough for 50 years income for an average family (based on the yearincome of farmers in Ghana and the actual price for bamboo).