Kumasi, Ghana—Innovation Foundation or INNOFOUND was formed by four students pursuing agricultural engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. The idea began with one student who had participated in Parts 1 and 2 of the Transforming Leadership & Governance seminar held in the 2015/2016 academic year. Later, this young man recommended the seminar to three of his friends. These friends took part in TLG seminar Part 3 and then the four formed a team to design machines to enhance the methods of farming in rural Ghana.
Research was conducted interviewing farmers in the Eastern and Western regions of Ghana (who use hoes and machetes as cropping tools), several expert technicians and mechanics were consulted, and information was gathered from the Internet. The young men found out just how time consuming and backbreaking the planting process still was.
Thus far, INNOFOUND has designed four machines: a crop planter, a briquette-making machine, a cocoa pod cracker and a cassava peeler. INNOFOUND believes that peasant farmers involved in agriculture will find the planter helpful as it will reduce labor and show consistent spacing when planting. The four young students have been inspired and challenged to create solutions that will meet both local and national challenges. They said, “Team INNOFOUND is deeply grateful to ILF for the remarkable lessons learnt and sincerely hope that the TLG seminars become part of the curriculum of the university.”