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St Victor’s Seminary Integrated Agriculture Project

Project Location: Tamale, Ghana

This video explains the work of the St Victor’s Seminary Integrated Agriculture Project

About the Project

St Victor’s Integrated Agriculture Project is in the Northern Region of Ghana, in the Tamale Archdiocese. The project will support St Victor’s Major Seminary, which covers the five Dioceses of Wa, Navrongo-Bolgatanga, Yendi, Damongo and Tamale Archdiocese. These five dioceses constitute the Tamale Ecclesiastical Province (TEP). St Victor’s provides training for diocesan priests in the Northern Region, as well as training for religious congregations and other dioceses both nationally and internationally.

The seminary relies on small subsidies from Rome, as well as some local financial support. However, the seminary is struggling to support itself, and risks closure if it cannot meet ongoing costs, forcing the seminarians to move to the urban, more affluent south, continuing the pattern of north-south migration in Ghana.

This project aims to increase the self-sufficiency and sustainability of St Victor’s Major Seminary by establishing a functional farm, where seminarians will be trained in agriculture production and marketing


The farm will provide an alternative source of food for the seminarians and will also generate income to fund seminarian training and maintenance of the seminary. The primary produce will include quality birds, livestock and cereal products which will be sold to hotels and restaurants across the country.

At the completion of their studies, the seminarians will be placed in rural parishes, and will be able to transfer their development knowledge and agricultural and marketing skills to communities. This will help communities to improve food security and nutrition, as well as boost income levels in these areas, thus reducing one of the key drivers for migration to urban centres.

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A seminarian from St Victor's

Project Activities

• The construction of an integrated farm, including:

a farmhouse;

a mushroom farm;

a piggery;

a poultry farm; and

rabbit pens.

• The drilling and mechanisation of a borehole to supply water.

• The purchase of farm animals and equipment.

• The training of thirty seminarians in:

agricultural production; and

market awareness of farm produce and products.

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Monsignor Thomas Anamooh, Rector of St Victor's

How you can make a difference

By contributing to this project through Catholic Mission, you will be supporting the ongoing operation of the only major seminary in the five dioceses of the Tamale Ecclesiastical Province (TEP). Your donation will directly benefit thirty seminarians initially, however, the project’s business planning demonstrates the viability for it to support the training of countless seminarians into the future. Your donation will assist this key seminary to remain operational in the Northern Region, providing local opportunities and thereby reducing the incidence of migration to the south. If successful, this model could be replicated in other seminaries across Ghana, furthering the impact of this project.

Seminarians placed in rural parishes following completion of their formation will be able to transfer their agricultural production and marketing skills to local communities. You will therefore also be indirectly supporting thousands of people and their families in parishes across the TEP.