The Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kumasi (KITA) welcomes you to www.kita-ghana.org our home on the Internet since 2004. The Director and staff of KITA hope that you find this web site informative and that if you can help us achieve our objectives that you will contact us.
Our thanks go to Permaworld Foundation for making this site possible. You can help Permaworld support KITA by taking advantage of Permaworld’s cost-effective web hosting packages. The profit from web hosting sales and other products allow Permaworld to provide financial support to earth care organisations such as KITA.
KITA is a non-profit making non-governmental institution providing vocational technical training, extension, and consultancy in general tropical agriculture to practising and prospective farmers. It is also involved in rural development and community extension.
The Professional Farmers College of KITA offers Diploma and Certificate Courses in Tropical Agriculture both residential and Distance learning components at its center located between Domeabra and Apromase in the Ejisu Juaben district of the Ashanti region of Ghana.
KITA’s center for Community Extension and Rural Development focuses on development of Rural communities through the provision of training, research and empowerment of farmers groups to improve food security, environmental conservation and wealth creation.
KITA was established in 1984 as a follow up to a research report in 1976 that proposed that an agricultural technical college be established to cater for young school leavers who wish to take up farming as a career and to improve upon the skills of traditional farmers in Ghana.
In 1985 KITA was granted certificates to operate as a non-profit making institution under a Board of Trustees.
KITA has the recognition of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Manpower Development and Employment (MMDE).
Since then the institute has assumed national and international importance, training students from Africa, Europe, America and all over the world and also promoting environmental conservation and rural development.
Its goal is training, consultancy, research for agriculture and rural development and the protection of the environment for sustained increase in agricultural productivity.
The activities of the institute revolve around this goal with special reference to youth, women, and peasant farmers at grassroots level.
KITA IS A CERTIFIED MEMBER OF IFOAM: (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements) and has been making a major contributing to the promotion of organic and natural farming in Ghana.
KITA is a certfied Organic Exporter: In October 2006, KITA was approved as an exporter of organic and natural agricultural products for the produce of farmers trained at KITA. KITA Looks forward to network with interested organic importers and exporters from around the world.
December 2010 – KITA receives new Award as Best Institution from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture – more
December 2010 – KITA trains Peace Corps Volunteers in agroforestry and alternative livelihoods – more
December 2010 – KITA plants One Million trees with Trees for the Future USA and other NGOs in Ghana. more
December 2010 – KITA’s Professional Farmers College Opens Admissions for February 2011 enrollment into Diploma and Certificate courses in General Agriculture. Fresh and Continuing Students are to report on 1st February 2010. For Further Information visit college or call 00233 – 244-108268
2008 – Kita introduces competency based farmer education and training programs to assist prospective and practising farmers to improve upon their managerial and technical skills. These short management and vocational training courses for enterprise development is tailored for farm managers, farm owners, civil servants..more..
2008 – KITA builds the capacity of SME’s under the Rural Enterprises Project of the GOG/IFAD/AfDB.
KITA provides training consultancy in building the capacity of Rural Small and Medium Scale Entperpreneurs in Managerial and Business Development Services provision under the Rural Enterprises Project (REP) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the government of Ghana. KITA’s role is to undertake community miobilization, train Rural SMEs in marketing, management and records keeping, enterpreneurship, business advocay, credit management, group dynamics, cassava and oil palm processing as well as other non-farm agro enterprises such as mushroom production and processing, snail farming, beekeeping, grasscutter rearing, soap making and pito brewing. This was to build the capacity of SME’s to become competitive and provide employable skills to the unemployed in the rural areas. KITA is currently still providing support services to SMEs under its “Center for Agribusiness and SME development” (CASMED) as part of its community development initiatives to create employment for rural youth and build the capacity of Farmer Based Organisations to be credit worthy.
December 2007 – KITA awarded the ‘Best Institution‘ by the The Ministry of Food and Agriculture - more
October 2007 – KITA continues to make great strides in imparting technical vocational education and training in the West African sub region - more
2004 – KITA initiates the National Youth Agricultural Cooperative Centers (NYACC) with the Ministry of Manpower Development, Youth and Employment MMYDE:
KITA provided consultancy services under the Skills Training Employment Placement (STEP) Program of the MMYDE to provide training and employable skills to unemployed youth in the northern sectors of Ghana. Through this project KITA introduced the National Youth Agricultural Cooperative Centers initiative as a center cooperative owned by the community for youth training, continuous vocational education and employment center where the youth undertakes production, marketing and revolving credit scheme to enhance their ability to be self sufficient and dependent. Youth undertakes activities such as mushroom production, snail rearing, arable farming, vegetable farming, rabbitry, among others to enhance their livelihood. KITA is looking for partners to sponsor this initiative to enhance competitive youth employment generation in the rural areas especially in the northern sector of the country.
NEW – For the latest photographs from KITA please see our new online photo album