The European Union’s Resilience Against Climate Change (REACH) Project implementing Agents on November 12, 2020 held a stakeholder engagement submit to develop a consolidated Manuel for Conservation Agriculture in Ghana.
The engagement funded by REACH is also aimed at reviewing the myriad of existing Conservation Agriculture manuals in Ghana to develop a standardised one that will serve as a one stop reference document for stakeholders.
A statement released by EUGAP and its implementing partners noted that “Conservation Agriculture is a sustainable approach to Agricultural production which aims to protect soil form erosion and degradation, improve its quality biodiversity, contribute to the preservation of natural resources, water and air whiles improving yields”.
The statement further added that “the development of a consolidated CA manual is in line with component 2 of the REACH implemented by GIZ, which among other things seek to ensure climate smart livelihoods by promoting CA at the institutional, communal and individual level. The Manual will then form the bases for the design of a curriculum for training extension workers at the Damango Agricultural college”.
Meanwhile, Mr. Florian Winckler, Team Leader, Conservation Agriculture Workshop of Resilience Against Climate Change (REACH) Project, in his address indicated that “the REACH Project takes keen interest in the improvement of the livelihoods of the rural people who largely depend on Agriculture and most importantly through climate smart practices that are not detrimental to the environment and promotes soil health through enhancement in the structure of the soil. The CA manual when developed will help champion this course. We are happy to contribute to government efforts aimed at developing the Agricultural sector especially in the light of the looming climate change issues”.
He revealed that they have begun developing community land use maps that will be used to develop climate sensitive Community Action Plan guidelines for the respective communities.
“With CA promotion, REACH has established a 15-acre CA Trial and a 6-acre CA demonstration plots with side by side controls at the Babile Agric. Research Station. This is intended to help train Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) and farmers on best practices”.
The Team Leader further stated that the development of a consolidated CA manual for Ghana will benefit all stakeholders in the Agricultural sector. “The manual when developed will set the tone for a CA training and curriculum development at the Damango Agricultural College and prospectively other agricultural educational institutions in the country” he accented.
The two-day discussing submit was organised by GIZ with funding support from the European Union’s REACH Project. The engagement brought together industry players and other stakeholders in the Agricultural sector.