Published | 3rd July 2017

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Ghana Climate Information Services Country Report

This country report forms part of a regional impact assessment by CARE Adaptation Learning Programme on CIS for community-based adaptation to climate change. The regional assessment was conducted across Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Niger. Specifically, the Ghana Country Report presents the results of the impact assessment on the introduction of CIS in three Northern Ghana districts. The Ghana Country Report presents an analysis of community feedback collected from face-to-face interviews and conclusions from previous annual PSP reports to critically assess the successes and failures for each of the three CIS pathways and how they interlink.

The PSP process has been an overall success in Ghana. PSP workshops are now part of an integrated CIS approach that includes CICs and rain gauges to facilitate community-based climate adaptation. As a result of ALP partnering with a decentralised local government such
as the Ghanaian District Assemblies (DAs), there has been a promotion of local ownership in the process. Communities have begun to show acceptance of the PSP process, with community members putting pressure on DAs to organise workshops. Local community
members have demonstrated an awareness of the need for quality climate information. PSPs are an evolving practice and innovations and variations introduced into the PSP process in Ghana demonstrate a number of good practices and successes for the overall process.

Using information from PSP advisories, communities are implementing proactive measures into their rain season preparation, such as: i) planting early-maturing and climate-tolerant crop cultivars; and ii) implementing climate-smart agricultural practices. The adoption of
these proactive measures has helped to improve overall food security and income in communities, even throughout dry periods and droughts. At the district level, the multistakeholder process of the PSP workshops has provided strategic networking and collaborative opportunities for district departments to address their respective Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) mandates. Before PSP implementation, the various district departments were insufficiently equipped with the necessary tools to enhance cross-sectoral collaboration
and partnership for DRR responses.

The future success of the PSP process in the country will rely on a smooth and effective hand-over process from CARE to the Ghanaian DAs. This process should be informed by challenges identified, lessons learned and recommendations highlighted in this country
report. Hand-over should maintain a flexible and locally-attuned PSP process that continues building the resilience of communities in Ghana.

Related Resources:

Read the Kenya climate information services country report here

Read the Niger climate information services country report here

Read the Ethiopia climate information services country report here

Read the Malawi climate information services country report here

Read the blog about the climate information services and participatory scenario planning knowledge exchange between Ethiopia and Kenya here

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