Climate change and climate variability are major obstacles to food security in northern Ghana. The three northern regions of Ghana are particularly vulnerable and the ability of the local population to adapt is very low due to deep-rooted poverty.
The CHANGE project worked with women and men small-scale farmers in 17 communities in the districts of Savelugu-Nanton in the Northern Region (NR), Sissala East in the Upper West Region (UWR) and Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region (UER). The goal was for these farmers to improve their adaptive capacity and resilience to the impacts of climate change on agriculture, food security, and livelihoods. While the goal was to engage 84,000 women and men farmers, the project reached several hundred thousand in northern Ghana.
The project provided farmers with quality and accessible locally-relevant information about climate, weather and innovative agricultural practices. It also strengthened community- and radio-based agricultural extension services. Survey results indicate that half of all listeners made informed changes to their agricultural practices based on the radio programming.
Women were also supported to develop and scale up non-agricultural, income-generating activities to help reduce poverty and decrease their dependency on male-dominated farming income.
This project was delivered with coalition partner Canadian Feed The Children and its three local non-governmental organization implementing partners in northern Ghana: TradeAID Integrated, Regional Advisory Information & Network Systems and Tumu Deanery Rural Integrated Development Program.
This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.