United Purpose

Market gardening, Guinea. Credit: United Purpose.

United Purpose (UP) is an international development charity with an innovative community led approach to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and eradicating global poverty and inequality. They lift people up out of poverty by providing solutions to poverty that last. Their unique approach combines high quality intelligent development, transformative innovation and enabling independence making us a powerful agent of change.

The MCFEA worked with UP from 2007 to 2012, and resumed the partnership from 2016 to 2018. From 2016 to 2018, MCFEA supported United People to protect the vulnerable Ghana Shea tree from deforestation and bush fires by increasing the value of its nuts to communities, and increasing the technical skills and income of rural women in northern Ghana. The project improved the management and commercial sustainability of Shea butter resources, and strengthened information sharing and advocacy for sustainable and inclusive management of and access to Shea nuts.