The Ghanaian training was initiated by FAO's Sustainable Livelihood Support Program (LSP) with the aim "to improve the capacity of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Ghana-based partner agencies to apply effective natural resource conflict management approaches based on sustainable livelihood principles". The basic training program was designed in a Training Design Workshop in April 2003 and supported by a local Advisory Committee (AC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Thereafter the program was further refined by the Ghanaian trainers, who had been engaged through the implementing agency WANEP. The trainings themselves were held from August 2003 to April 2004 in Ghana.
The Livelihood Support Programme (LSP) was an inter-departmental programme on Improving Support for Enhancing Livelihoods of the Rural Poor, sponsored and supported by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development. FAO's Forestry Department was leading the natural resource conflict management component of this five-year programme in close collaboration with other FAO departments and the Livelihood Programme.
Trainees have increased their knowledge about natural resources conflict management and capacity to apply the knowledge and skills in their respective localities.
More specifically the training objectives were:
- to provide trainees with analytical framework to understand the causes and dynamics of natural resources conflicts;
- to equip trainees with the necessary knowledge and skills for identifying, analysing, and working with natural resources conflicts;
- to enhance capacity of trainees to use collaborative approaches to managing natural resources conflicts; and
- to practice on the job and reflected upon the main steps and approaches of a conflict management process.
22 Ghanaian middle level natural resource professionals (government officials and civil society actors) working in the field of natural resource conflict management.
Process and Design:
The entire training program was stretched over one year and divided into a series of three iterative workshops (of each 10 days), with periods of mentor supported 'field practise' between each workshop. Trainees were asked to develop their skills by documenting, reflecting upon, and if possible, commencing application of the newly learned skills to a real-life conflict. This process was documented in the form of a case study and journal.
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), FAO (Rome & Regional Office for Africa).