Learning Note 4: Engaging Farmers to Address Climate Change in Ghana’s Agricultural Sector

Farmers will have to adapt to the changing climate conditions to safeguard their livelihoods. One of the project initiatives at Syecomp Ghana Ltd aims to promote existing and new methods for adaptation to climate change and to introduce mitigation measures within the context of sustainable farming.

However, when it comes to engaging smallholder farmers in this context, we need to factor in some issues for effectiveness. Key principles, based on field experiences and reading of literature, should guide advisory services to smallholder producers in Ghana for adapting to climate change. These include:

  • Building on existing local knowledge and innovations already developed by farmers
  • Identifying Lead Farmers and using them as a resource for learning and inspiration
  • Identifying existing projects that have already succeeded in enabling farmers to adapt to climate change, and use these also as a learning/training resource for changing farming practices
  • Investment in “farmer to farmer” learning and exchange
  • Fostering a strong spirit of community based testing, on farm experimentation of new techniques by innovative farmers
  • Strengthening the capacities of farmer organizations and cooperatives to lead and manage their own experimentation and extension initiatives

This Learning Note is the fourth in a 9-series under the Building Viable Delivery Models (BVDM)  for ICT for Agriculture  for ACP countries Project.  It was initiated and supported financially by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)– ACP-EU, The Netherlands

Read the 3rd Project Learning Note here

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