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Capacity Building Workshop on Climate Resilient Agriculture

Agriculture contributes significantly to Ghana’s GDP and employs over 60% of the population. Crop production is largely dependent on rainfall and it is predominantly practiced on smallholder, family-operated farms with rudimentary technology to produce 80% of Ghana’s total agriculture output.

While agriculture is the sector most vulnerable to changing climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that agriculture also contribute significantly to climate change by directly accounting for 14% of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHGs)  or approximately 30% when considering land-use change, including deforestation.

In response to the effects of climate change, Greener Impact International (GII) in partnership with the Office of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in the Keta Municipality organized a climate change workshop for local farmers within the Municipality to build their capacity on Climate Smart Agricultural (CSA) practices. This was a one day workshop with funding from the Open Society Foundation (OSF) under the Africa Climate Change Adaptation Initiative Alumni Grant offered to the Executive Director, Mr. Kassim Gawusu-Toure. The main objective of the workshop was to build the resilience of agricultural systems to climate change and enhancing food production while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The workshop targeted a total of 50 farmers from Agloga and its surrounding communities. Among the participants were vegetable producers and fishermen. 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 directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The facilitation was done by Mr. Kassim Gawusu-Toure.

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