Farmers learn to adapt to effects of climate Change

Farmers and Community members in the Garu Tempane and East Mamprusi districts are being trained to recognize the effects of climate change and work towards improving the situation in their communities.

The training would also help them understand climate information, future changes in climate, implications for changes in hazards and risk, possible impacts and identify situations they can cope with and others that they have to adapt to.

Some selected community members have been trained to read rainfall figures and given rain gauges to record the figures.

Mr Romanus Gyang, Project Manager of the Climate Change Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) under CARE International Ghana, said the farmers were being trained in their communities by ALP on pilot basis to see how such knowledge could help them meet the demands of climate change.

They are trained to adopt new and diversified agriculture and pastoralist practices that increase production and boost incomes and to deal with extreme climate events through disaster risk reduction plans, access to financial and environmental actions.

Mr Gyang was speaking at a five-day workshop on climate information and communication in community based adaptation (CBA) organized by ALP for its staff, partners and community monitors with representations from Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Media to understand climate information and its relevance and use in CBA.

It was aimed at bringing participants to a common understanding of climate change, common concepts in adaptation to climate change, CBA and terms in climate information.

The participants were taken through topics such as what causes climate change, responses to climate change adaptation and mitigation, key concepts in climate change, sources of climate information and basic past data analysis and interpretation and its relevance to CBA, among others.

Source: GNA

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