Ghana prepares agriculture sector to adapt to climate change
By Lydia Kukua Asamoah
Ghana is taking steps to cost its agricultural sector against climate risk to enable the government to plan properly, make necessary investments, and increase resilience for the sector, which is the backbone of the economy.
Dr Antwi-Boasiako Amoah, Principal Research Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] emphasized that increasing resilience in the agricultural sector constitutes the Paris Agreement’s Nationally Determined Contribution first priority for climate change adaptation.
Therefore, Ghana had taken a participatory approach of involving affected local stakeholders from the most vulnerable agricultural regions in the North into the planning process, which also proposes concrete investment programmes to increase the resilience of agrarian communities to climate change.
According to Dr Amoah, climate change was said to reduce the yields of maize and other cereal crops by seven per cent, therefore, there was the need to address the vulnerability of Ghana’s agriculture sector and increase the resilience of agrarian communities to climate change by developing and implementing coordinated adaptation polices and investment plans in line with the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.