The Good News Theological Seminary has, since 2015, empowered the marginalized in Ghanaian society to acquire some skills to make a living. Pastors of African Independent Churches (AICs), poor women, single mothers, the youth, school drop-outs, traditional leaders, and Muslims are gathered in the Ziope and Wudzeke, traditional areas in the Volta Region of Ghana. They are taught how to weave kente, tie & dye clothing, do improved farming and equipped with other skills. The goal of the Skills Development Program of the seminary is to reduce poverty, enable self-reliant, decrease poverty and hunger.

To increase nutritional value, especially among children, the seminary sought the expertise of agricultural extension officers to teach some women how to do sweet potato gari and soya beans gari.

“Gari constitutes a daily meal to some 150 million people worldwide. It is a popular West African food. It could be compared to what potato flour is to the Westerners. It is even more versatile than that. It can be eaten as a snack in cold water on a very hot day, or cooked in hot water to make a dough-like meal called eba or gari foto to eat any of the African vegetable soups. It is a popular Ghanaian, Sierra Leonian and Nigerian food item. You cannot claim to have eaten any West African food without having eaten gari.