The Ghana Compact Technical Consultation on Climate has convened to establish a comprehensive and well-structured long-term strategy that addresses the escalating temperature, erratic rainfall, and persistent flooding in Ghana.
During an event hosted in Tamale by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), participants at the Ghana Compact Technical Consultation on Climate called for a shift towards climate-smart agriculture.
This approach involves utilizing improved certified seeds and other technologies to increase food production while safeguarding the environment.
Additionally, they advocated for the combination of food crop production and tree planting (agroforestry) to address carbon issues while ensuring food security.
These programs would provide farmers with valuable information on best agricultural practices, enabling them to improve production while protecting the environment.
The event brought together representatives from research institutions, academia, non-governmental organizations, media practitioners, and other stakeholders to discuss how to confront Ghana's climate and environmental challenges.
Dr Garzali Issahaku, a member of the Department of Food Security and Climate Change at the University for Development Studies (UDS), highlighted the need to achieve global mitigation targets while increasing food production.
He proposed the adoption of agroforestry, which combines tree crop production with food crop cultivation. This approach allows Ghana to meet its food requirements while simultaneously achieving global mitigation targets.
The participants stressed the importance of commitment and collaboration in financing climate mitigation plans for effective implementation.
They recognized the significance of afforestation, particularly the planting of shea trees, which have the potential to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse emissions.
Mr Habib Haruna, CEO of the Pure Trust Foundation, commended the recommendation to empower women with knowledge on climate change to amplify their voices on climate-related issues.
He also emphasized the necessity of providing women with access to production equipment and resources to adapt to climate change challenges.
Professor John Asafu Adjaye, Senior Fellow at ACET, explained that the inputs gathered from the event in Tamale and other regions would contribute to a citizens' compact.
This compact would offer alternative strategies for enhancing climate resilience, and adaptability, and reducing carbon emissions in the country.