GASIP to Empower Farmers, AEAs and Journalists as Climate Change Champions

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As climate change becomes a major concern in Ghana, the Ghana Agriculture Sector Investment Program (GASIP) plans to train 50 farmers, 70 agricultural officers and 15 journalists from 61 districts across the country in climate change resilience measures .

The trainers will also serve as climate change champions and focal points.

Between May 31 and June 9, a workshop will be held in Nkawie in the Ashanti region and in Damongo in the Savannah region to identify and build the capacity of champions among agribusinesses, farmer organizations and other partners to engage and educate stakeholders, especially farmers. , on climate change and environmental sustainability in their communities, schools and local groups.

The theme of the workshop is “Developing Champions in Agribusiness Value Chains for Climate Change Resilience”.

Selected participants will also be trained on seasonal weather forecast and agricultural production (maize) for 2022/2023.

Journalists in particular will be sensitized to common knowledge on climate change as well as climate-smart agriculture solutions.

Writing on behalf of the National Programs Coordinator, Mr Klutse Kudomor, the National Climate Change Adaptation Officer, Dr Edmund Kyei Akoto-Danso said: “Participants will be guided through topics such as adaptation and climate change mitigation, and climate information, among others. .”

“Climate change manifests itself in a variety of ways, including rising temperatures, decreasing rainfall, increased variability, and higher frequency of weather extremes and disasters, among others. This raises many concerns about the livelihoods of farmers who depend on agriculture,” he wrote.

Climate change is a key element of GASIP, which aims to integrate its adaptation into value chain interventions to promote sustainable production systems and increase the resilience of smallholder farmers to negative consequences.

Resource personnel for the workshop include experts from the Environment and Climate Change Unit of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Center for No-Till Agriculture (CNTA) and the Agency Ghana Meteorological Survey (GMet).

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