The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the European Union (EU) delegation to Ghana, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have, through the Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), launched the Resilient Agriculture against Climate Change (REACH) project in Wa.
The event took place in the context of the First Agribusiness fair in the Upper West Region, initiated by the EU Market-oriented Agriculture programme (MOAP).
REACH is part of the EU- Ghana National Indicative programme, “productive Investment for Agriculture in Savannah Ecological zones’’, and is funded through the 11th European Development Fund.
The broad EU programme aims to increase agricultural incomes and promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in rural communities of the programme area by 2024. It is composed of three projects; the market- oriented agriculture program (MOAP), implemented by GIZ, the infrastructure project, implemented by the World Bank and Agence Francaise de Development (AfD); and the REACH project.
The objective of EU REACH is to ensure sustainable and inclusive improvement in the rural economy through enhanced implemented of gender-sensitive climate adaptation and mitigation practices in a minimum of 200 communities within 14 districts of the savannah ecological zone.
This was made known during a media interaction with the delegation of the European Union (EU) to Ghana in Wa at the launch of the REACH project. The project comprises three components that will be realized until the end of 2024. The first component will focus on improving the MMDA capacities on strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Under the second component, the project will facilitate the development of community action plans and further support their implementation by providing a funding mechanism. Additionally, it will contribute to the set-up of a ‘’Training and Extension of Conservation Agriculture in the Savannahs’’ (TECAS) facility, which aims to increase profitability of agribusiness, by offering services that enable conservation of agricultural practices.
This will be aligned with a third component of research on social transformation that will contribute to a better understanding and application of social transformation analysis in development planning.
The REACH project therefore contributes to improve, profound sustainable planning on land uses, economic activities and respective capacities required for a wide-range of stakeholders in northern Ghana.
BY: LILIAN D. WALTER