Northern Ghana has seen a major boost in the fight against Climate Change as fourteen (14) districts in the Savannah Ecological Zone have been introduced to better ways of farming to help mitigate the consequences of climate change.
In a bid to improving environmental-friendly farming, the Resilience Against Climate Change (REACH), a project being funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the GIZ, has introduced Conservation Agriculture (CA) in all eleven (11) districts of the Upper West region and the Tuna-Sawla-Kalba district and the Manprugu-Moagduri district of the Savanna Region and North East region respectively. The initiative is aimed at improving agricultural productivity while addressing the effects of Climate Change through “sustainable and environmentally sound farming practices”.
The Deputy Project Manager of REACH, Simon Kunyangna, who disclosed this at a Media Engagement Workshop in Wa, noted that the REACH Project has also made available to the districts various farm machinery including jab planters (20), rippers (11), pneumatic planters (5) and tractors (4) to facilitate the implementation of Conservation Agriculture.
According to him, the Project since its inception in 2019, has introduced Conservation Agriculture to 1,800 farmers and further trained 35 Agriculture Extension Agents in “Agro-Forestry to facilitate their adoption and practice at the household and community level”.
The Deputy Project Manager also revealed that a manual on Conservation Agriculture for Ghana has been developed and will soon be introduced as a training programme at the Damongo Agriculture College, adding that “the Babile Agriculture Research Station is to be developed into a CA Centre of Excellence with all the requisite tools to promote CA adoption and practice”.
Other major interventions by the REACH project include the provision of Information Technology equipment for the gathering, storage and sharing of accurate data for development planning in the beneficiary districts and the training of staff of the districts for the judicious use of project resources. Others are the planting of 28,000 trees in 18 communities and the formation of Nature Clubs in six schools in the Upper West region which will continue in other areas to imbibe in the pupils, issues of climate change.
The Media Engagement Workshop was held to update journalists on the activities of the REACH Project and to seek ideas on how to get to more people with new knowledge in addressing climate change challenges. The workshop was attended by media practitioners operating in the project areas.