Climate Change Adaptation in Northern Ghana Enhanced (CHANGE)
The CHANGE project seeks to
address the urgent need for smallholder farmers in
northern Ghana; to understand the causes and effects of climate change; and to embrace innovative adaptive
measures to ensure sustainable livelihoods and food security in the household.
The project is implemented over a two-year period starting from January
2012 to March 2014. It builds on existing intervention areas ( food
security and livelihoods in Ghana ) of Canadian Feed The Children, coalition
partner Farm Radio International and implementing partner, RAINS.
supports 310 women and 140 men smallholder farmers in 5 project communities
in the Savelugu-Nanton Municipality, to successfully
respond to climate-related challenges they are increasingly facing
in their daily lives. To achieve demonstrable poverty reduction results,
this project supports farmers to better adapt to climate variability,
weather extremes, and changing agricultural conditions. Farmers will
have access to up-to-date weather forecasts and climate-smart agricultural
practices and technologies, allowing them to make better decisions on the
use of new technologies, field preparation and land management. As a result,
farmers will have better informed responses to their changing environment to
maintain agricultural productivity and ensure uninterrupted household food
security. Supporting women to develop and scale-up non-agricultural
income-generating activities will also support poverty reduction, decreasing
dependency on male-dominated farming income.
The CHANGE project
is working to reduce the impact of climate change in five communities under
the Savelugu-Nanton District, these being: Zoosali, Yilikpani, Tindang, Langa
Building Adaptive Capacity
Through a series
of interconnected activities, the CHANGE project builds the capacity of
government technical services, project implementing partners, Farmer Based
Organisations, and community radio stations to support smallholder farmers
anticipate and adapt to increasing climate variability and weather
extremes. One hundred women and men community-based Agricultural Extension
Agents are trained in the use of weather information and forecasts,
and also climate smart adaptation measures applicable at the community level.
They are involved in six learning forums/exchanges (two per district),
provided climate change terminology in three local languages, and
involved in the production of, and then have access to, a locally relevant
guidebook on climate change adaptation methods and lessons learned.