Accra, Monday 20, 2017 — The Ecosystem Based Adaption for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA; www.ebafosa.org), established under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Programme will join the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and the Ministry for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation to launch the all-inclusive pan-African framework on food security in Ghana on the 3RD of March, 2017 at the University of Ghana (ISSER Auditorium) from 8:30 to 12:30 pm. The event is expected to bring together key stakeholders in all areas– public and private sectors, educational and research institutions, individuals publics/citizens, community based organizations, international intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, civil society groups, etc. to collaborate in developing and implementing policy solutions to upscale Ecosystem Based Adaptation – driven agriculture and its value chain improvements toward ensuring sustainable inclusive growth in Ghana.
Climate change has been disturbing the future of the Ghanaian economy through agriculture. Ghana is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It is time to make this known to everyone (citizens and national leaders). It is now becoming very common to find almost everyone complaining about the hotness in temperature – especially in Accra. Last year, the media reported incidents where street hawkers would purchase water and pour over their head due to the unbearable high temperatures. These impacts affects the health, and productivity of many people which translates to a weakened economic status of many people. Climate change is disturbing the livelihood of many people and contributing towards unemployment in Ghana, as agriculture is continuously being threatened by climate change – making it an unattractive and expensive occupation now. Ghana’s vulnerability to climate change is held in the fact that our economy mainly depends on natural resources and rain-fed agriculture, which
are very sensitive to climate change.
According to the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS), it is forecasted that as a result of climate impacts on Ghana, maize and other cereal crop yields will reduce by 7 per cent by 2050 while the IPCC predicts as much as 57 per cent reduction in crop yield for sub-Saharan Africa. Considering that maize is a major staple food crop for the majority of Ghanaians and accounts for about 20% of caloric intake, there is a high risk of food insecurity if we do not act on climate. Available data from 2008, showed that sea-level rise of 2.1 mm per year over the last 30 years, indicating a rise of 5.8 cm, 16.5 cm and 34.5 cm by 2020, 2050 and 2080; rendering our coastal infrastructure and developments very vulnerable. All available data shows the massive impact of climate on Ghana and therefore an urgent need to collaborate all efforts to build a climate resilient country while spearheading a roadmap to a food security and job creation through ecosystem based agriculture, green jobs, and innovative volunteerism.
EBAFOSA recognize the responsibility of everyone in this challenge that lies ahead of us, and has developed itself to serve a s a hub to bring all the initiatives, activities, and research that adds up to the fight against climate change and its impact on Agriculture. We recognize the potential of the increasing number of youth and their capacity to transform our country through innovative volunteerism and entrepreneurship if we develop a less bureaucratic environment for them and integrate private sector support and investment to startups and innovative SMEs.
We invite the general public and especially all people who identify themselves as stakeholders of sustainable agriculture, climate change focused groups, and largely all persons and organizations working on the global goals. Let us come together, and ignite a larger force towards sustainability in Ghana.
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EBAFOSA-Ghana is the Ghanaian chapter branch of the first ever all inclusive pan-African policy framework and platform. It is an institution with protocols – a constitution and rules of procedure adopted in an inclusive continental process – guiding its actions, that provides a platform for all stakeholders in a country as well as to collaborate in developing and implementing policy solutions to upscale Ecosystem Based Adaptation – driven agriculture and its value chains toward ensuring sustainable inclusive growth in Ghana. EBAFOSA-Ghana seeks to combat food insecurity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, ecosystems degradation and poverty in Ghana using an innovative approach that decentralizes the development and application of the policy solutions in order to achieve participation of key stakeholders in public, private, research and other sectors, in a least bureaucratic channel.