Community agriculture production and adaptation of conservation and sustainable management

June 2, 2017

Ghana Placeholder
Ghana

Community agriculture production and adaptation of conservation and sustainable management

About the Implementing organization

Name: Savannah Farmers Association

Country: Ghana

Year of establishment: 1997

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Community enterprise or business/ Cooperative business / Women’s association or organization / Indigenous group or organization, Ethnic minority group or association.

 

Description

The solution is to educate community people on conservation, adaptation, food production, management and protection to integrate community environmental landscape conservation, agriculture, wildlife animals habitats and management by involving partners among stakeholders, for achieving sustainable landscapes ecosystem and agricultural productivity. The conservation is the partnership with personnel and community groups to ensure an evident level of conservation, monitoring and evaluation, effective communication and information sharing and consultation to ensure more formal and informal models with shared decision-making and joint implementation activities for sustainable natural resources economic development.

Technical stakeholders and project's monitors firstly try to understand the feasibility of a community environmental site and community people effectively monitor model in generating the necessary information and to guide the project activities that would supplement indicators. Project activities pioneer approach through which communities Committees will participate in education, conservation, monitoring, and management. We build a network of practitioners of community-based monitoring to share knowledge and best practices with community people as a viable approach for maximizing effectiveness of the project. Conservation activities are measured and evaluated data are gathered on livelihood, natural resource use, fertile land use, food security, and economic development.

Nature Element

Forest / Grasslands / Drylands /Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Renewable energy / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

   

Environmental Impacts

The solution created sustainable biological resources; community people benefited and utilized food products and marketing, plants medicine, wood for economic business and medicinal treatment. Adaptation of ecosystem conservation and increasing Ecosystem services such as decomposition of waste, pollination, water purification, moderation of floods, and renewal of soil fertility that provide them sustainable natural resources and support food security and health condition of the people. Different cultures are developed in different landscapes that influenced food products marketing and economic business development activities, availability of occupations, employment, livelihood development and poverty reduction. The community people's cultures have adapted to local environmental challenges and management by adopting community environmental conservation, management, protection environment and wildlife animal species habitats and growing local domestic crops, developing irrigation systems.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The community environmental management committee is set-up to take the mandate of environmental conservation, monitoring, and maintenance to sustain biodiversity forest ecosystem, wildlife animal corridors and habitats, fertile land, water, reliable food production and using medicinal plants from forest reserve for community sickness treatment and community food security development. The sustainable development of integrated goal-setting and policy formulation of the project solution has impacted community environmental sustainable agricultural production, social healthy life condition, development agribusiness economic and livelihood development and poverty reduction. Community people adopted planning and management systems that facilitate the integration of environmental components such as air, water, land, and other natural resources, using landscape ecological planning and approaches that focus on ecosystem and watershed and enhance sustainable clean water ecosystem vegetation.

Scalability

The project solution will be expanded nationwide to support and facilitate people and farmers engaged in sustainable environment and agricultural production; the solution will solve their environmental and food insecurity problems through education for them to obtain knowledge of conservation and agriculture productivity and marketing information to improve their livelihoods and well-being; the Association will conduct research study to identify degraded lands, organize national workshops training with national stakeholders to facilitate the problems affecting environment and agriculture growth, ensure inputs access for farmers, linking them with market and marketing information and technologies transfer; facilitate their interaction with market partners nationwide, assist them to develop their own environmental conservation, marketing organization and management skills and practices to improve national economy growth and food security development.

Replicability

Rational behind replicating this solution project to other districts communities is that the key threats of deteriorating environmental ecosystem are occurring in the 26 Districts in the Northern Region of Ghana, in certain instances developing from natural processes such as floods and erosion. The drivers of phenomena such as climate change, loss of plant and animal species’ habitats, and loss of carbon stock. These communities need environment training and materials to effectively replicate the project to sustain the ecosystem to improve food production, water, and economic development in the entire Northern Region, Upper East Region, and Upper West Region.

The Association planned to collaborate and partner with key stakeholders in the Regions such as Regional Division of Forest Commission, Community Based Organizations, and Northern Ghana Network, and Regional Department of Food and Agriculture Unit for effective replication the project throughout the other Regional communities.

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