Head of Programmes, Campaigns and Innovations at ActionAid Ghana, Mr. John Nkwa has called on government to review the National Climate Adaptation Plan to improve its implementation, especially at the community level.

He disclosed that, a study conducted by ActionAid Ghana on climate change policies and their implementation in Ghana revealed gaps in the policy and practice of climate change. The study, he said, also revealed low levels of awareness on climate change among the public.

According to him, climate change affects the vulnerable in society including the rural farmer and it is important that government provides the needed resource to tackle it.

He said the impact of climate change on the youth is enormous, especially those in farming and government must ensure that they are not discouraged from engaging in farming.

The adaptation, plan he suggested, should also be gender friendly, adding that, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation must be resourced to close the gap.

“Ongoing climate changes are affecting agricultural production, while the sector itself also presents opportunities for emissions reduction. These changes have impacted negatively on people living in poverty and exclusion who are particularly vulnerable to deviations in average climate conditions such as prolonged drought and natural disasters, and floods, hereby undermining the sustainability of their livelihoods in the long term”, he stated.

Mr. Nkaw said this at the Climate Justice Seminar at Sunyani in the Bono Region, on the theme "Social Economic and Environmental Effect of Climate on Women and Household in the Bono enclave of Ghana". It was organized by ActionAid Ghana and University of Energy and Natural Resources.

The head of Programmes, Campaigns and Innovations at ActionAid Ghana also called on government to subsidize compost and manure for the benefit of the rural farmer.

ActionAid Ghana’s climate justice campaign

He said, ActionAid Ghana has launched a climate justice campaign to strengthen resilient livelihoods and secure climate justice.

He noted that, although there are clear manifestations of climate change impacts in Ghana, it has not received the needed national attention

“As part of ActionAid Ghana’s climate justice campaign, we seek to strengthen resilient livelihoods and secure climate justice by placing greater emphasis on how related the issues on natural resources, resilient livelihoods, food sovereignty and agroecology are”, he added.

On his part, Professor John Kuwornu, Dean of Graduate Studies of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) revealed that, climate change affect women farmers because they lack access to resources.

He said, some of the women farmers depends largely on their husbands because they don't have access to lands, adding, women farmers need support from government to operate om their own.

Partnership for climate change

According to Prof Kuwornu, UENR is very delighted to join other organizations and governments in the fight against climate change.

“We have Schools in the University such as the School of Geosciences, School of Agriculture and Technology, School of Natural Resources, School of Engineering, School of Sciences, the Earth Observation Research and Innovation Center, and Center for Climate Change and Gender Studies that are undertaking research relating to climate in order to provide policy options regarding mitigation and adaptation to climate change”.

“Consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Sustainable Production and Consumption), 13 (Climate Action), UENR is open to partnering with governmental organizations including the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, and Environmental Protection Agency; Non-governmental organizations such as ActionAid Ghana, Care International, and World Vision, as well as with, International Institutions including the World Bank, African Development Bank, and United States Agency for International Development in the fight against climate change”, Prof Kuwornu added.

Odeneho Kwesi Appiah -Sunyani