An Adaptation Fund Project targeted at addressing climate change issues and its related effects on rural farmers in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions has been unveiled in Nadowli-Kaleo District of the Upper West Region.
Ten communities in the district are expected to benefit from the project, which was unveiled by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Ghana’s implementing partner, the Coalition for Change (C4C).
The 10 months project is aimed at addressing climate change induced decreases in the availability and increasing unpredictability of water resources and the associated negative impacts of the trends on livelihoods of rural communities in Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions.
In a News statement copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Wa on Monday, Mr Jacob Agyakinla, C4C Executive Director, said the Nadowli-Kaleo District was among the 10 pilot districts.
The project seeks to enhance resilience and adaptive capacity of communities to climate impacts and risks on water resources in Northern Ghana.The statement said the project objective would be achieved through improvement in water access and increased institutional capacity.
It would also be realised with coordination for integrated water management to support other uses of water resources, especially for the diversification of rural livelihoods.Other uses include; dry-season gardening activities, fish farming, bee-keeping activities, establishment of tree seedling nurseries, incorporating cultural values in river and dam basin protection and establishing agricultural processing schemes like; Shea butter and groundnut oil extraction among others.
According to the statement, sub-projects like; dry season gardening, beekeeping and fish farming were carried out in Jang, Goli, Nanvilli, Takpo and Zukpiri communities where over 100 farmers were benefitting in the district.
The Environmental Protection Agency together with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) is supporting the project.C4C, a Wa based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) focuses on raising secured families using ecologically sustainable local farm base strategies, adaptable income generating activities and available forms of education as means of closing poverty gap in Ghana.
The NGO has been working with poor households in deprived communities to eliminate identified forms of obstruction to full attainment of basic human stateliness through participatory approaches.
The aim is to reduce poverty using gender mainstreaming, self-help communal spirit and promoting quality education.