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.

The project 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.

Beneficiary Communities

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 and Kpachilo.

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.