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Ghana and FAO promote climate-smart agriculture food systems

Agricultural systems to effectively and sustainably support food security
10/11/2015

Accra, 5 November 2015 – A Ghana-FAO project to “Support transition towards climate-smart agriculture food systems” was launched today in Accra.

The project seeks to support the facilitation of the enabling environment for the scaling up of climate smart Agriculture to improve the resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers in the country.  

It also aims to employ the CSA approach to help guide actions to transform and re-orient agricultural systems to effectively and sustainably support food security under the new realities of climate change.

On behalf of the Ministry, Ing. Joseph Kwasi Boamah commended the FAO for its immense support to the agricultural development in Ghana. “Climate change particularly undermines the stability of vulnerable small scale farmers who heavily depend on rain as the main source of irrigation”, he deplored.

 “Once again the country stands to gain from the FAO’s technical expertise in the area of climate smart agriculture, as one of the solutions in support of farmers”, he said.

FAO has introduced Climate smart agriculture (CSA) as a viable way to go in addressing food and nutrition security in the face of an ever increasing population growth and climate change threats.

FAO Representative in Ghana, Dr. Haile-Gabriel Abebe noted that, there is the need to intervene with appropriate strategies that ensure continuous food production and at the same time build the resilience of smallholder farmers against internal and external shocks, climate change risks and threats.

“Our priority is to build the capacity of local farmers through transfer of appropriate technologies that are sound and easy to adopt and equip them to ensuring sustainable production systems for their food security. 

Climate smart agriculture

CSA is a concept developed by FAO based on interventions that were undertaken at certain locations. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) has been identified as a one of the ways to contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals. FAO will provide technical support to the project implementation while the government of Ghana will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the project through a designated project coordinator.