The Saint Theresa Catholic Church in Carpenter, Bole District which is a development oriented Church over the years has not only sought the spiritual growth of its members but also the physical well-being of the inhabitants in the community.
The annual Yam Contest; which occurred on Friday, 27th September, 2013, at Carpenter Roman Catholic Junior High School was collaborated with the Carpenter Traditional Authority under the astute leadership of Mr. Yaw Adu-Gyamfi; CACI facilitator and Coordinator of Yam Contest.
The aim of the Yam Contest was to foster interaction between the informal and formal sectors and allow farmers in Carpenter to display their own yam produce as well as expose themselves to information, services and products tailored towards enhancing their work.
In view of this, Farmerline was invited to educate farmers during the exhibition session on how they could access Farmerline's services to bolster their income fortunes.
Interestingly, the farmers in Carpenter are far more than just engaged in farming; each is also an entrepreneur engaged in other aspects of the agricultural value chain. As such, the festival was targeted beyond the production realm, in order to open business development opportunities to farmers as well. Thus, business development and technical service tools among others were suggested during stakeholders' strategic meeting to be institutionalized as part of the newly initiated project dubbed; Carpenter Agricultural Cluster Initiative-CACI which aims at boosting agricultural production in the Bole District through a triple helix approach of collaboration among; academia, business/civil society and government institutions.
The meeting also created an opportunity for institutions working in the agricultural value chain like Farmerline to dialogue and provides communication pathways in order to share information. Subsequently, Farmerline has highlighted some of the projects; the company could be a partner. It is the hope of Farmerline and all the partners that the CACI becomes a reality.