Updated: Jul 9, 2019
The much anticipated launch of the Agroecology project by the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana took place in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. The highly patronized, colourful and landmark event which brought the city of Techiman to a standstill marked the beginning of the adoption of sustainable farming practices. The launching formed part of the project activity to promote project visibility and get the buy-in of the government and other key stakeholders, thereby propelling ownership and sustainability.
The project being funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), will be implemented in partnership with the African Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (ACCAI) of the University of Ghana, Organization for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (OSARD), Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) and the Centre for Non Tillage Agriculture (CNTA). The two-year project will cover eight districts in the Brong Ahafo Region and one district in the Brong Ahafo Region and the objective of the project is to reduce poverty among small holder farmers through sustainable agricultural practices.
There was a high level of participation from the relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Municipal Chief Executives (MCEs) and their respective MOFA Directors from the nine districts, the Traditional Authorities, Implementation Partners, Civil Society Organizations, the media, farmers and the general public.
In a short but colourful ceremony, which included rich display of traditional cultural dance and drama, the Municipal Chief Executive of Techiman was grateful to the Association for embarking on this project and especially selecting the region to host the project. He promised the Assembly’s willingness to support the Association in any capacity to make the project a success. The President of the Association used the occasion to commend government for improvement in this year Fertilizer Subsidy Programme especially the inclusion of the organic fertilizer in this year’s programme and appealed for government to support the Association with resources for effective implementation of the project.
The Programme Coordinator of the Association, Madam Victoria Adongo, in her address, stated that the concept of Agroecology offered a unique opportunity and best alternative to the current farming methods which deplete soil fertility and contributes to the erratic rainfall pattern which were unfavourable to farmers. She indicated that agroecology was the best way to go since extensive studies had shown that agroecology contributes to increase in yields whiles maintaining food systems, biodiversity and climate change resilience in a sustainable manner.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Miniru Limuna applauded the organization for taking this bold initiative in complementing government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. He indicated that government recognized the effect of climate change on livelihoods of farmers and in that regard, the Ministry was working in collaboration with development partners to build capacity of farmers to make them competitive.
There were solidarity messages from the University of Ghana, the Centre for No Tillage Agriculture and the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development Organization.
Some photos from the event.