Radio for climate change adaptation in northern Ghana

Radio for climate change adaptation in northern Ghana
Radio for climate change adaptation in northern Ghana

Climate change is an immediate and unprecedented threat to the food security of hundreds of millions of people who depend on small‐scale agriculture for their livelihoods. Climate change is contributing to erratic rainfall patterns, flooding, drought and other extreme weather events, deforestation and desertification.

Farmers in Ghana must learn about climate change and be supported in adopting new practices that help mitigate its impacts on agriculture. Adaptation can include practices that conserve water, protect soil, produce crops in drier conditions and quickly adapt to erratic weather. Yet farmers are often unaware of these methods or their advantages.

The goal of this project is to provide farmers with the information they need to make informed decisions about adapting their farming practices in the face of climate change. In partnership with Ghana’s Department of Agricultural Extension Services and the German International Cooperation (GIZ), four radio stations will broadcast 40 weeks of programming to eight communities in northern Ghana. Topics will include adaptation measures such as row planting, stone bounding and avoiding unnecessary tree felling and bush fires. The programs are expected to reach 250,000 farming families.