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Policy LINK and MoFA rally actors to initiate a revised Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security Action Plan for Ghana

An academic at the Soil and Irrigation Research Centre, University of Ghana, has made a strong case on the need for the country’s Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Food Security Action Plan to be revised.

According to Professor Dilys Sefakor MacCarthy, a revised action plan of the CSA will not only aid policy planners and implementers to respond more appropriately and effectively to current climate change concerns alone, but also enable Ghana to be in tune with new commitments to tackling climate change that are being adoptedat the global level.

For example, she said the current action plan developed between 2015/16 and launched in 2017, if revised could mean; “making good use of emerging knowledge or newer information that are relevant to addressing current demands.”

Prof. Dilys MacCarthy said this in an interview with Diamond News on the sidelines of a stakeholders’ consultation on the revision of the Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security Action Plan, which was held in Tamale.

The two-day consultation attracted officers from the Department of Agriculture, representatives from research and academic institutions, NGO partners, farmers among others from the Savanna agro ecological zone and part of the Transition zone, namely the Bono east and Oti Regions.

Prof. MacCarthy, explained that a intended revised action plan, is to respond to current needs and to capturing the various legs in the existing document, more appropriately.

“So the idea is not to discard the old document, but to afford those at the implementation levels, an opportunity to have their insights and perspectives captured. This is in order to bringing on board, hitherto uncovered areas such as the livestock and animal production among other stakes in the face of changing climate,”Prof MacCarthy stated.

“If you take institutional capacity development and the actions that fall in that leg, it include infrastructure, however this also hasn’t be captured appropriately and a revised document will take care of those needs,” she added.

On his part, an Assistant Director at the Food and Agriculture Ministry (MoFA) in Accra, Gibrilla Ahmed, stressed on the lack of co-ordination between Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) and the Department of Agriculture, which is the main Ministry leading the climate change process in terms of food security.

According to him efforts must be made to bridge the co-ordination gap between CSOs and the Department of Agriculture to avoidingsituations of underreporting of activities. Mr. Ahmed welcome the steps being taken by Policy LINK and MoFA to addressingshortfalls that were working against the current CSA and Food Security Action Plan.

Earlier, the Climate Change Lead at Feed the Future, Policy LINK, Dr. Gerald Forkuor who gave a background to the stakeholder engagement noted that “the climate is changing rapidly,” and the gathering therefore was to help updated documentations that are needed in facilitating climate change actions.

Dr. Forkuor added that the inputs of the stakeholders’ at all levels including the sub national consultations will fit into the expected draft to be tabled before the relevant authorities and actors.

In a related development, the Executive Director, Meta Foundation Dr. David Azupogo, has called for home grown solution and strategies to addressing climate smart agricultural funding, since donors cannot do it all alone.

Dr. Azupogo made the call while contributing at a plenary duringtwo-day Policy LINK, MoFA consultation meeting in Tamale, on the revision of the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Food Security Action Plan.

According to him, the Village Loans and Savings and Associations(VLSA), which is common among rural farmers can be harnessed and structured into an apex body that is well regulated to serving the overall needs of farmers in terms of agri-financing and climate change.

“The VLSA is an alternative resources pool that offers a sustainable and more reliable approach in which we can build our development around. Take for example, local groups of farmers raising between 80,000 to 100,000 cedis within six months to a year from their own investments and the multiplying effects of these on their communities, districts and the nation at large? The Apex VLSAs are needed to bridge the funding gap,” Dr. Azupogo explained.

During the two day workshop facilitated by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Feed the Future, Policy LINK, participants explored the current Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Security Action Plan and implementation status, with reference to its success, challenges, lessons learned and how to improve the action plan to enable the country build resilience towards changing climate and attaining food security.

Story By: Nelson Nyadror Adenuti

CDF Canada and META Foundation Collaborate to Work in Ghana

CDF Canada and META Foundation, Ghana, are pleased to announce their partnership to mutually support co-op communities in Ghana to promote sustainable agricultural practices and resilience, create awareness and support marginalized communities on natural resource management.  

CDF Canada and META Foundation share a mission to build sustainable and prosper co-op communities.  We will collectively work on projects that will help accelerate agriculture, support sustainable livelihoods, and rural enterprise development. 

Dr. David Azupogo, Director, META Foundation, said, ” In this partnership, we see a synergy that will lead to improved livelihoods and building capacities on sustainable agriculture practices, biodiversity conservation, and climate-smart agriculture.  

At META Foundation, our approach has been facilitating a development process that builds on local knowledge through community engagement, community-based research and community-led advocacy actions, using Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) as a strategy for local resource mobilization and for promoting sustainable community-based cooperatives.” 

Commenting on the collaboration Mr. Benoit Andre, Executive Director, CDF Canada, 
said, “We are looking forward to this partnership. Our experience with coop communities, smallholder farmers, and their work on the ground will help to reach wider communities and strengthen the coop movement in Ghana.  

Through this collaboration, we will participate in joint projects and research initiatives, share best practices and lessons learned, and provide training to co-ops in Ghana.  


Plastic Waste Recycling

One of our major project intervention area is Rural Enterprise Development and Climate Change. Over the years, the growing implications of climate change have brought it to the centre stage of development programs. In the verge to promote food and livelihood security.

META Foundation works with communities, groups and cooperatives as a strategy to deliver development interventions. The META Foundation uses enterprise as a strategy to reducing rural poverty and contributing to healthy environment through trainings, alternative livelihoods, clean energy activities, plastic waste recycling among women, sustainable agriculture practices and tree growing.

The implications of climate is getting severe hence must be checked. Strategies such as plastic waste recycling ♻ are gear towards enhancing a healthy environment and creating livelihoods for the vulnerable.

Plastic recycling refers to the process of recovering waste or scrap plastic and reprocessing the materials into functional and useful products. This activity is known as the plastic recycling process. The goal of recycling plastic is to reduce high rates of plastic pollution while putting less pressure on virgin materials to produce brand new plastic products. This approach helps to conserve resources and diverts plastics from landfills or unintended destinations such as oceans.

The Need for Recycling Plastic
Plastics are durable, lightweight and inexpensive materials. They can readily be molded into various products which find uses in a plethora of applications. Every year, more than 100 million tons of plastics are manufactured across the globe. Around 200 billion pounds of new plastic material is thermoformed, foamed, laminated and extruded into millions of packages and products. Consequently, the reuse, recovery and the recycling of plastics are extremely important.

What Plastics Are Recyclable?
There are six common types of plastics. Following are some typical products you will find for each of plastic:

PS (Polystyrene) – Example: foam hot drink cups, plastic cutlery, containers, and yogurt.

PP (Polypropylene) – Example: lunch boxes, take-out food containers, ice cream containers.

LDPE (Low-density polyethylene) – Example: garbage bins and bags.

PVC (Plasticised Polyvinyl chloride or polyvinyl chloride)—Example: cordial, juice or squeeze bottles.

HDPE (High-density polyethylene) – Example: shampoo containers or milk bottles.

PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) – Example: fruit juice and soft drink bottles.

Currently, only PET, HDPE, and PVC plastic products are recycled under curbside recycling programs. PS, PP, and LDPE typically are not recycled because these plastic materials get stuck in the sorting equipment in recycling facilities causing it to break or stop. Lids and bottle tops cannot be recycled as well. “To recycle or Not to Recycle” is a big question when it comes to plastic recycling. Some plastic types are not recycled because they are not economically feasible to do so.

Networking of Schools: ECI Penpal Initiative

Excellence College International in Walewale has established pupils pen pals with Stella Maris Academy -Holy Rosary in the United States.

Donation to META Foundation

META Foundation received play toys, chairs, school bags, white writing boards and other assorted clothes etc from Lion’s club in Germany for support to Excellence College International in Walewale and other rural school kids in the Upper East Region of Ghana.

Many in Kassena-Nankana West depend on fuelwood for cooking

A research conducted on “Clean and Sustainable Energy for Agribusiness Development” in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region, has revealed that 55 per cent of the population in the area relied on firewood as source of energy.

The users of firewood as energy include the caterers of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) and the Senior High Schools (SHSs), traditional homes, food vendors, pito brewers and shea butter processors.

The research was conducted by Meta Foundation with funding support from the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund and its donor partners, the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU),

The Programme Manager of the Meta Foundation, Mr David Amozebega, who disseminated the findings at a stakeholder’s forum on Thursday, at Paga in the Kassena-Nankana West District, explained that the survey was to find out the awareness level of the existence of clean energy technologies.

He said it was also meant to find out the alternative sources of energy available to the people, challenges in the integration of clean energy technologies, identify stakeholders and duty bearers in promoting the use of clean energy as well as make recommendations for further action.

The research revealed that people were aware of the devastating effects of traditional source of energy on health, crop production and the environment, but do not have access to modern source of energy.

“There is enough legislation at the national level to encourage the production, promotion and usage of renewal energy sources, and their various technologies, but this is not being implemented properly to benefit people at the grassroots, particularly the rural women,” the findings indicated.

It warned that the poor rainfall pattern would continue to decline if pragmatic steps were not taken to check the current spate of firewood harvesting and charcoal production.

The research stated that attempts by the past government to develop and promote the use of clean energy technologies in the area did not yield the needed results.

The findings recommended that government authorities at the local level, particularly the municipal and district assemblies should take steps to integrate the country’s renewal energy action plan into their medium term development plans and policies.

“This can be done by ensuring that government’s policies such as the School Feeding Programme (SFP), free Senior High School (SHS) and Community Nutrition Centres use improved cook stoves or renewal energy”, it stressed.

The findings advocated the need for the Ministry of Health to partner local authorities, traditional rulers and landlords to educate residents on the effects of indoor pollution.

It urged Meta Foundation to collaborate with other civil society organisations and community based organisations to advocate knowledge transfer and the mobilisation of local resources for the fabrication of improved cook stoves at the local level at affordable cost.


UNDP, AFP, the Ministry of Environment and Science and Technology and innovations and the department of Agriculture teams visit to interact with beneficiaries of the Adaptation Fund Project implemented by META Foundation.


META Foundation worked with SNV- Netherlands Development Organisation and Fidelity Bank with small-holder farmers to create opportunities and improved access to affordable financial services by small-holder in Northern Ghana. The pictures are small-holder farmers who have won awards for the active use of banking systems to transact business. The intervention is a USAID smart Agri-finance Project and is focused on agriculture financing and implemented by META Foundation.


META Foundation works with registered Farmer and agro-based associations/cooperatives. META worked with Tikaranongu Cooperative Farmers and Marketing Union to access funding from BUSAC Fund on an advocacy action on “Women access to productive lands” in some selected communities along the White Volta in the West Mamprusi and Talensi Districts. These are pictures of the Denmark embassy teams community visit to interact with beneficiaries on the advocacy actions by the Tikaranongu Association.


Climate Adaptation Dam commissioned for rehabilitation in Bongo Adaboya

Government’s effort to mitigate climate change and find  rural dwellers a sustainable livelihood, through the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation MESTI, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme UNDP has handed over, to a contractor a broken and silted dam at the Adaboya community in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region for rehabilitation.

The Minister of Environment Science Technology and Innovation Prof. Kwabena Frimpong at the Dam site at Yidongo

The climate change interventions project is being implemented by UNDP, in partnership with Ministry of Environment (MESTI), and sponsored by Adaptation Fund.

The Project formed part of the Adaptation Fund.

The Projects has earmarked a numbers of broken down and silted dams in 50 communities across five regions of the Northern Ghana for rehabilitation to alleviate the peoples’ vulnerability to climate change.

Adaboya is one of the farming communities with a total population of about …….that is suffering from acute water problems in the District. In an interview with Radio Ghana, the MESTI Professor Boating indicated that, the project was in line with government’s policy of One Village One Dam.

He expressed the hope that it would help the community members to BE engaged on their farms and prevent the youth from drifting to southern sectors of the country in search of non-existence jobs.

The Minister stated that, under the project, the beneficiary communities are also being empowered and supported to establish fish ponds and nursery   to enable them grow trees to deal with the climate change issues. He explained that.


The National Project Coordinator of the Adaptation Fund, Peter Dery, stated that, the project involves the rehabilitation of 20 major dams, repair of cannels, and de-silting of water sources to enable them collect more water during the rainy season as well as the planting of tress near water banks to preserve and create the needed moisture for more rains.

He added that project component also include   the drilling of boreholes, installation of solar irrigation systems, creation of buffer zones with fence, community wood lot, creation of fire belts, and the building of capacity of women groups in shea butter and groundnut oil extraction.

He said erratic rainfall coupled with the harsh weather, which always dried up most of the water resources of the area were  the major climate impact of the five  regions of the north  and expressed optimism that project would  help amel iorate the situation.

Mr. Dery  stated that   the project was being funded with an amount of eight million dollars ($8m) from the Adaptation Fund Board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, Louis Kuukpen, explained that the Climate Change Interventions  Project which begun in 2015 and expected to end in 2020.

He said the UNDP was happy that the project was making some significant gains   in  the areas of the attainment of some of  the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly climate change and environmental degradation.

The Chief of Adaboya, Naba Osman Atampugre, commended the implementing donor and partners.

He said It would help the community a lot especially in their farming and providing water for the livestocks and building activities.

The Director Meta Foundation David Azupog at the Yidongo Irrigation site

The Director of the implementing NGO, Meta Foundation David Azupogo said that, they have been collaborating with Adaptation Climate Change, Department of Agriculture, together with MESTI, and UNDEP in Yidongo and other communities in the Bongo District, to empower the women do dry season farming.

Mr Azupogo indicated, the results has been remarkable.