Climate Change Adaptation in Northern Ghana Enhanced

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CHANGE’s key objective was to support smallholder farmers to improve their adaptive capacity and build their resilience to the impacts of climate change on agriculture, food security and livelihoods.

CHANGE had three goals:

To increase access to information about climate change and its effects, and to strengthen the capacity of women and men smallholder farmers to implement adaptive actions.

To train agricultural extension agents, farmers, and farmer-based organization leaders to implement climate-adaptive agriculture practices that build community resilience to the impacts of climate change.

To increase women’s participation in sustainable agricultural and alternate livelihoods.

The Results

2,000 farmers in 17 rural communities in Northern Ghana have received in-person training on climate-smart agricultural techniques.

150 women have planted 173 acres of land with four indigenous seed varieties, saving them from extinction and earning both income and respect in their communities.

600 women have been organized into 30 basket weaving groups; 89% reported increased incomes in 2013.

Tree nursery groups, comprised entirely of women, have successfully germinated 3,000 mango seedlings and approximately 1,220 Acacia seedlings.

93% of farmers tested one or more climate-smart agricultural methods (e.g., low tillage, drought-resilient seeds, planting across/along slopes, mulching, etc).

112 farmer-based organizations are now organized, including participation of up to 75% women, up from virtually zero at the beginning of the project.

395,438 farmers were reached through radio programs across the 17 communities, increasing their awareness and utilization of climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices and weather information.

Farmers were trained on improved post-harvest storage facilities (cleaning, drying, pesticide use, stocking procedures) which reduced post-harvest losses by an estimated 70%.

2,305 smallholder farmers, 67% female, are using energy-saving stoves to reduce climate hazards, women’s labour, and health risks.

Project Details

Project Summary

Project timeline:Completed

Project budget: $3 million

Location:Northern Ghana

Implemented by:RAINS, TAI and TUDRIDEP

Funded by:Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)

Project In Pictures

  • Children-Kpachelo-Ghana_1164

    Children of Kpachelo, Northern Region, Ghana. More than twice as many children in northern Ghana experience malnutrition than in southern Ghana.
  • locally-fabricated-metal-seed-storage-units

    Post-harvest losses through improper storage and pest control are being addressed with these locally-fabricated metal seed storage units.
  • traditional-mud-and-thatch-structure-seed-storage

    New techniques for seed storage to reduce post-harvest losses include these traditional mud-and-thatch structures.
  • Women-farmers-Wellembelle-Upper-West-Region-Ghana

    Greater participation by women in farmer-based organizations and climate-smart agricultural training means more food for their children.


Funding Partners

Technical Partners

CARE Ghana

Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet)

Ghana Ministry of Food & Agriculture (MoFA)

Savannah Agriculture Research Institute (SARI)

University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana

Implementing Partners

Regional Advisory Information & Network Systems (RAINS)

Trade Aid Integrated (TAI)

Tumu Deanery Rural Integrated Development Program (TUDRIDEP)