The Government of Ghana has introduced variety of measures to improve agricultural productivity in Ghana. Notable amongst these is the redefining of the outdated Food & Agricultural Development Policy (FASDEP I) in FASDEP II to address the loopholes and inefficiencies in the former.
In each subsequent update of this blog, we will look at each policy document and delve on some of the issues and strategies for achieving them.
POLICY 4: SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF LAND AND ENVIRONMENT
The Government aims to mainstream sustainable land management (SLM) practices. This goal tackles both environmental issues and agricultural productivity in the country’s overall development plan. It also speaks to the interplay between agriculture, climate change, and loss of biodiversity.
ISSUES IN DEVELOPMENT OF DOMESTIC MARKETS
- Sustainable land and water management are not well integrated into agricultural extension services
- Poor understanding of environmental issues related to agriculture leads to the abuse and destruction of natural resources
- There is no national policy on agricultural land use
- Coorporation between agencies has not been able to resolve environmental issues related to agriculture
STRATEGIES TO DEVELOP DOMESTIC MARKETS
- Mainstream practices for sustainable land and environmental management into agricultural plans and programmes
- Create awareness about environmental issues among all stakeholders and form a strong alliance among agencies to ensure environmental compliance
- Adopt an integrated approach to deal with environmental issues
- Improve incentives and compulsory measures to discourage agricultural practices that degrade or destroy the environment
- Encourage institutions to work together on plans and programmes that deal with environmental issues in food and agriculture
- Create and enforce the use of community land use plans, particularly in urban and peri-urban agriculture
- Help operators in urban agriculture to learn and use practices for sustainable lland and environmental management
- Push for the widespread adoption of farming and land use practices that are environmentally sound and sustainable