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Boateng Sustainable Livelihoods

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Boateng Sustainable Livelihoods

  1. 2. GENDER AND SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOODS INITIATIVE BY GOLDEN STAR OIL PALM PLANTATION (THE GSOPP CASE ) October, 2008 Golden Star Resources Limited Golden Star Resources Ltd. Mary Ankomah Boakye Boateng GOLDEN STAR OIL PALM PLANTATIONS LTD P O Box 16070 Airport Post Office Accra, Ghana Tel – office (site): 233 362 20469 Tel-mobile: 233-244 605880 Fax: 233-21 777 700 Fax: 233 362 20180 Email: maame35@hotmail.com
  2. 3. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>GSR Mines Ltd </li></ul><ul><li>Mining issues in Ghana </li></ul><ul><li>GSR and the gender sensitive approach to sustainable livelihoods </li></ul><ul><li>The case study: Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation (GSOPP) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women’s involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Socio Economic Impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Way forward/Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd. Presentation Plan
  3. 4. <ul><li>Canadian international mining company with head office in Denver, Colorado </li></ul><ul><li>Has 2 operating mines in Ghana: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wassa mine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bogoso/Prestea mines </li></ul></ul>Golden Star Limited Golden Star Resources Ltd. Overview of Golden Star Resources Limited
  4. 5. Golden Star Limited Golden Star Resources Ltd. Location in Ghana Bogoso/Prestea Golden Star Resources Ltd. Wassa Mine
  5. 6. Golden Star Limited Golden Star Resources Ltd. <ul><li>Mining Companies in Ghana are confronted with the realities of ASM </li></ul><ul><li>Most prevalent in the Western Region of Ghana </li></ul><ul><li>Associated with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High health and occupational risks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most vulnerable group are women </li></ul>OVERVIEW ASM IN GHANA
  6. 7. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>Directly engaged in illegal activities leaving children unattended. </li></ul><ul><li>Exposed and vulnerable to sex trade </li></ul><ul><li>Women bear both the physical and mental strain of mine development. </li></ul><ul><li>Women become more at risk of impoverishment, particularly in women headed households. </li></ul><ul><li>Women suffer active and often brutal discrimination in the workplace. </li></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd. IMPACT OF MINING OPERATIONS ON WOMEN
  7. 8. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>Types/Forms of Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Associated with Mining in Ghana </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture (Mainly being: poultry and livestock, fish farming, local or community farms in the production of food crops to be self sustaining). </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturing-Skills Training (production of local cloths; batik, tie & dye, local handicraft for sale to tourists and others) </li></ul><ul><li>Production ( of local soaps, creams and oils some edible) </li></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  8. 9. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>GSR’s gender sensitive approach </li></ul><ul><li>Premise: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender defined as, the sexual categorization or characteristics differentiating masculinity and femininity and their roles are determined by cultural, social and economic facts which are learned by all women and men in all societies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognising that G ender roles are dynamic and change over time . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GSR’s gender mainstreaming approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conscious effort to employ women to positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policies & procedures , management’s involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training programmes for women (dump truck operators, survey, line and pegging etc) </li></ul></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  9. 10. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>GSR’s approach to Sustainable Livelihoods </li></ul><ul><li>Community forums – Community consultation Committees (Including all stakeholders of Women (women leaders like queen mothers, women groups), Youth and Men representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering women to participate – being on all the sub-committees in the communities. </li></ul><ul><li>- Affirmative action in all Community Consultation Committees and the Community Mine Consultation Committee. </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging and involving all stakeholders – Sensitization and training programs </li></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  10. 11. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>Golden Star Oil Palm Plantations Limited (GSOPP) Initiative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S mallholder concept of oil palm development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional authorities provide land and local people are paid for their labour to develop the project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GSOPP provides development capital and operating funds (loans to smallholder farmers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GSOPP receives 0.1% of GSR pre-tax profit & USD1 per ounce of gold produced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GSOPP provides technical support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GSOPP purchases fruit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After 3 years, farmers will trained to operate the small plots and will then be beneficiaries of plots (4 ha). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  11. 12. Objectives of GSOPP <ul><ul><li>Provide a lasting and positive economic effect as a result of contributions from mining; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty reduction through employment generation; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rehabilitation of tailings disposal facilities that contributes to the local economy for the long term. </li></ul></ul>Golden Star Limited Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  12. 13. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>Women’s Involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional authorities provide land and local people are paid for their labour to develop the project. – Conscious efforts are made to employ women on the plantations and women are encouraged to cultivate vegetables and other food crops on the already prepared lands and amongst the palms. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GSOPP provides development capital and operating funds (loans to smallholder farmers) – Implementing team led by a gender specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GSOPP provides technical support – Conscious effort made to train women on all technical work (e.g. the fields as in survey, line and pegging on the plantation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GSOPP purchases fruit – Women are selected as smallholder farmers and Proceeds of their fruits go directly to them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After 3 years, farmers will trained to operate the small plots and will then be beneficiaries of plots (4 ha) – 40% of beneficiaries are women. Once women are selected they have on the job training. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  13. 14. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>Women involved in GSOPP planting operations. Statistics – 40% </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitivity to both men & women’s needs </li></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd. WOMEN’S INVOLVEMENT
  14. 15. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>Women groups undertaking vegetable cultivation under the oil palms. </li></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd. WOMEN’S INVOLVEMENT
  15. 16. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>These women form part of over 300 employees engaged in carrying seedlings to the planting points. </li></ul><ul><li>Planting of palms commenced on 6th July 2006. </li></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd. WOMEN’S INVOLVEMENT
  16. 17. Expected socio-economic and environmental impact of GSOPP <ul><ul><li>Provide a lasting and positive economic effect as a result of contributions from mining:- sustainability – farms are owned by individual farmers. Lifespan of oil palm is 25yrs. Fruit harvest bi-weekly. Proceeds go directly to farmers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty reduction through employment creation:- target 40% of women projected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rehabilitation:- Providing an end-land use for tailings disposal facilities that contributes to the local economy for the long term. Instead of ordinary plants oil palm is used to reclaim land. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender mainstreaming/sensitivity – improved empowerment of women </li></ul></ul>Golden Star Limited Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  17. 18. Golden Star Limited <ul><li>GSOPP will develop a successful sustainable alternative livelihood project that demonstrates the benefits of partnerships with mining companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a cost-benefit analysis with a view to installing a palm oil processing plant </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the option to manufacture bio-diesel. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the need for people to work on illegal activities such as “Galamsey” </li></ul>Golden Star Resources Ltd. Way Forward/Vision
  18. 19. Golden Star Limited Matured palm trees Sericulture Fish Farming Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  19. 20. Golden Star Limited Matured Oil Palm Fruits Sericulture Fish Farming Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  20. 21. Golden Star Limited Harvested Palm Fruits Sericulture Fish Farming Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  21. 22. Golden Star Limited Palm Plantation-Bogoso Sericulture Fish Farming Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  22. 23. Golden Star Limited Farmers at Work Sericulture Fish Farming Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  23. 24. Golden Star Limited Farmer weeding her plot Sericulture Fish Farming Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  24. 25. Golden Star Limited Palm Field/Plantation Sericulture Fish Farming Golden Star Resources Ltd.
  25. 26. Golden Star Limited Thanks Sericulture Fish Farming Golden Star Resources Ltd.

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