Climate change is a big challenge and threat to Ghana’s agricultural development. The weather is variable and unpredictable with frequent episode of unusual weather events such as floods, drought and diseases. This component seeks to develop and enhance community-based climate change adaptation initiatives and supportive policy measures that improve food security and health among rural communities in the arid and semi-arid regions of Ghana. While doing these, communities must also be resilient to climate change shock. These shocks can be anything from a natural disaster, to a food price spike or outbreak of disease. Some come suddenly while others are predictable. And some are more severe while others slowly erode farmers’ ability to farm. Increasing community resiliency will require a drastic action from both Future connect Ghana and its partners to promote Climate Smart Agriculture and Green Communities Initiative in climate affected communities, through best practices, particularly an integrated crop management (ICM), Conservation Agriculture (CA) and Agroforestry.
Projects: GREEN COMMUNITIES PROJECT (GCP) – ½ year
Agriculture and the Green Economy
In Ghana, agriculture accounts for 40.65% (increasing at a decreasing rate) of employment, 69% of land use (according to the world bank, 2014), 70% of water use and up to 53% of greenhouse gas emissions. Most farmers live in poor rural communities. Growth from agriculture is at least twice as effective in reducing poverty than growth from any other sector, and it has one of the highest potentials to mitigate carbon emissions.