Mr Kassim Gausu-Toure, Executive Director of the Green Impact International from Open Society Foundation, has organized a day’s workshop to build the capacities of local farmers in Anloga and its environs on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).
The workshop, which was one of the activities under the project dubbed: “Securing Livelihoods and Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity of Anloga Community against Climate Change (SLERAC), equipped more than 50 farmers with practices that would enhance their agricultural productivity, increase resilience to climate risk, while reducing emission of Green House Gases from agriculture.
It was organized in partnership with the District Office of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and Greener Impact International.
The resource persons were Mr Abdul-Kareem Fuseini from the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission and Mr Benjamin M K Sagodo from the District office of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).
Mr Gausu-Toure, who is a beneficiary of Africa Climate Change Adaptation Initiative Alumni Grant, said Agriculture contributed significantly to Ghana’s GDP and employed over 60% of the population.
He said crop production was largely dependent on rainfall and it was predominantly practiced on smallholder, family-operated farms with rudimentary technology to produce 80% of Ghana’s total agriculture output.
Mr Gausu–Toure noted that while agriculture was vulnerable to changing climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicated that agriculture also contributed significantly to climate change by directly accounting for 14 per cent of Green House Gas emissions or approximately 30 per cent when considering land-use change, including deforestation driven by agricultural expansion for food, fibre and fuel.
He said it was therefore important to adopt a holistic approach to food production that would not undermine the ecological integrity of the ecosystem.