Since 1990s, Fair River International Association for Development (FARIAD) has worked with its partners to provide Agriculture and Food Security, Primary Healthcare, Economic Development,Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET),Quality Education, Good Governance and Human Rights,Environmental Preservation ,and Science,Technology and Innovation.
FARIAD got its inspiration during the 1990s from Okrakwdwo (a small town located in Akwapim North District in the Eastern Region of Ghana) and its surrounding communities. Most of the populations in the area are small scale farmers. During that period, there was nationwide sunflower cultivation program that was adopted by these small scale farmers because they had been promised a vibrant market to purchase the goods, which in reality never existed.
The sunflower program had no chance to materialize and these farmers were left with no other income options since they had invested everything in the sunflower project.
Some of the affected peoplecame together to form a group called "Adom Bi Apue Farmers Group" (in Twi language which means – “A certain grace/relief has come to farmers group”) to push away the grievances. Sooner other smaller groups came up with the same aspirations. Having the similar aim the groups agreed to come together under one umbrella to fortify their voice. The name FARIAD (Fair River International Association for Development) which later was incorporated in 2002
Since its inception, FARIAD through the support of donors and its key partners and allies has designed and implemented several projects aimed at improving the welfare of rural folks. Major timeliness and achievements of the organization over the years include the following:
- To prevent the conditions that trigger food crises in vulnerable communities and to contribute to food security, in 1998, FARIAD worked in the Akuapim South in the Eastern Region of Ghana to strengthen all the factors that contribute to making food more available and accessible. FARIAD's extension officers and international volunteers advised local farmers on technology transfer, quality control, product diversity, business strategy and human resources management, among other agribusiness issues.
- In 2003, sensitized over 10,000 people on HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis; designed, developed and established Micro finance program for Sawaba Women Association in the Akuapim South in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
- In 2006, educated 30 community based volunteers on TB and care for PLWAs, trained 20 out of school youth (street children and commercial sex workers) in skills acquisition such as batik tie & dye, beads, soap, pomade and confectionary making and provide training to girls in ICT/office duties in the Akuapim South in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
- In 2007, trained 20 volunteers in sexual and reproductive health and rights (in collaboration with Youth Incentives - the Netherlands) in the Akuapim South in the Eastern Region of Ghana and signed development cooperation with Odorgonno Secondary School through a memorandum of understanding. (MOU) to engage the Agricultural students in entrepreneurship and business development education in Accra, Ghana.
- In 2007, established heliciculture cooperative for rural farmers Established heliciculture (snail farming) in two schools and trained more than 75 farmers in good practice snail farming in Akwapim South in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
- In 2009, provided organizational restructuring and capacity building for Kwesimintsim Palm Kernel Oil Association – Group Development, Business Management capacity building; established collaboration with the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (Presbyterian Relief Services and Development – PRS&D) through a memorandum of understanding to extend entrepreneurship education to their schools , communities and as support for the Presbyterian Women; assisted the Presbyterian Women’s Ministry in establishing a Vocational Training Centre for the youth (girl’s education) at Atonkor in the Buem- Jasikan District in the Volta Region; mobilized and established a formalized ‘Northern Volta Cassava Processors Association’ in Nkwanta South Districts in the Northern part of Volta Region for micro enterprise development and streamlined the activities of South Tongu Fish Farmers’ Association and organized capacity building for them.
- In 2010, mobilized Shai Vegetable Farmers & Traders into association we organized capacity/training for them so that with unity they will be able to have one voice in dealing with purchasers of their produce and also enable them get access to credit for their businesses; mobilizing the groups in Kpasa (Nkwanta North District) and worked with community to setting up modalities and structuring of cashew farmers at Sampa in the Brong Ahafo Region and E.P. Church Women’s Guild, - (Volta Region) an Association for women in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana aiming to impact on the living conditions of these women members in the Church through sensitization, formation, structuring and mentoring.