people reached in climate change and food and nutrition security in CARE’s projects and programs
In fiscal year 2019
Similar to other African countries, Ghanaian communities are increasingly vulnerable to climate change. CARE Ghana focuses on improving livelihoods for poor people and help them adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change. CARE is working with local organizations on empowering the population in their role in developing sustainable agriculture and forestry and to secure the rights – in law and in practice – of poor population groups to land and natural resources. Increasingly, CARE has been focusing its efforts on training agricultural extension advisers in how to assist poor farmers in adapting to climate change.
CARE Ghana’s resilience approach focuses on reducing the impact of hazards, enhancing people’s ability to accommodate the immediate impact of shocks and stresses and improving capacity to adapt to frequent floods, drought and other climatic conditions. CARE Ghana’s work at the community level is driven by a participatory Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) approach, involving community awareness-raising, training and decision making, to identify appropriate adaptation responses to the challenges faced by communities. Beyond the community level, CARE Ghana works with key partners and civil society organizations to influence policy formulation and implementation at the national and sub national level.
In line with this approach, the country office has implemented several initiatives that have contributed to supporting people to build resilience to the impacts of climate change, including: diversification of crop production, increased use of drought tolerant and early maturing crop varieties, increased adoption of sustainable farming practices that conserve moisture and soil fertility, and increased access to climate information for risk management.
of key Programs and Projects