The Ghana Federation of Forest and Farm Producers (GhaFFaP) has been launched in Accra on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel, Accra. Under the theme: Building Inclusive Communities, Climate Resilience and Poverty Alleviation, the federation launch event seeks to promote the interest of forest and farm producers in the country.
Membership of the federation is drawn from three agro-ecological zones of Ghana –the Savannah, Transition and Forest Ecological zones.
Mr George Oduro, a Deputy Minister of Agriculture, who launched the federation commended the leadership of GhaFFaP and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations ( FAO-UN) for teaming up to help Ghana protect its forests as this would also serve as an economic boost for local farmers.
The launch of GhaFFaP has been influenced by interest of members toward building strong and profitable forest and farm-based businesses. It is also to shape national policies for sustainable development and promote climate resilience landscapes across the Forest, Transition and Savannah Ecological zones in the country.
The National Federation will serve as a platform for advocating conducive forest and farm policies and laws in Ghana, coordinate the establishment of partnerships with Government, private sector and civil society organizations for the benefit of forest and farm producers and promote participation in national development.
Mr Oduro said government continues to prioritise and promote initiatives that are aimed at addressing the effects of climate change and building more resilient landscapes in rural communities.
The Minister indicated that recently government announced a commitment of 6.3 billion dollars for the implementation of programmes aimed at reducing the country’s carbon emissions by 15 per cent within the next 10 years. Further to that, Government is working with key stakeholders and partners to identify 7 priority areas to undertake various climate interventions including food, agriculture, energy, forestry, waste, infrastructure and disaster risk reduction. He said the Ministry is delighted to learn that GhaFFaP would be prioritising the active participation of women and youth through the GhaFFaP Women’s Champions Wing.
Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, UN Resident Coordinator, said Producer Organisations (POs) are at the heart of much of the United Nations work across the various UN agencies. She said by horning their skills, strengthening their networks, helping to improve their governance and advocacy strategies; and focusing on expanding their inclusivity, GhaFFaP and other sister network organisations could accelerate development in local communities.
Sylvia Lopez-Ekra used the occasion to affirm UN support to forest and farm producer organisations. The UN is expected to leverage on its relevant agencies to take up key positioning in strengthening rural development, resilient building, livelihood development and promoting collaboration and partnerships.
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