Strengthening Farmers’ Resilience: NABOCADO’s Open Field Day Inspires Sustainable Agriculture Practices

NABOCADO’s Livelihood and Advocacy directorate organized an Open Field Day at Gowrie in the Bongo district, which saw the enthusiastic participation of 50 community animators and farmers from six districts.

The event, hosted by renowned farmer Mr. Aniah Richard Adongo, focused on sharing knowledge and promoting sustainable farming practices to enhance farmers’ resilience against the effects of climate change.

The Open Day was a key component of the Strengthening of Smallholder Farmers’ Resilience towards a Changing Climate (SCRAS) project, led by NABOCADO and funded Misereor. The project aims to foster innovation and adoption of local sustainable agriculture practices, ensuring food security and nutrition for farmers and their families.

During the event, farmers had the opportunity to interact, learn, and share practical ideas with their peers under the guidance of Mr Adongo. His expertise in innovative agricultural techniques and organic farming practices made him the perfect host for this knowledge-sharing initiative. Participants were able to gain insights into sustainable farming practices that can be implemented in their own communities.

From lively discussions to hands-on experiences, the event proved to have inspired farmers to embrace sustainable agriculture practices. By fostering knowledge exchange and practical learning, the event empowered farmers to adapt and thrive in the face of climate change.

The SCRAS project, of which the Open Field Day is a part, exemplifies NABOCADO’s commitment to supporting smallholder farmers and ensuring food security. Through initiatives like these, NABOCADO continues to make a positive impact in communities, promoting sustainable agriculture and building resilience for a better future.

Climate Change: NABOCADO holds Stakeholder Engagement with District Assemblies on CAAPs

 

The Livelihood and Advocacy Directorate of Navrongo- Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization on Wednesday, held a stakeholder engagement meeting with Directors of Agric Services and Planning Officers from the various District Assemblies across the Diocese.

The meeting which formed part of activities in the implementation of the Climate Adaptation and Action Plans (CAAPs) project was meant to assess the progress of the implementation of the project, share updates and feedback, including challenges from the Districts assemblies and plan the ways forward in achieving the objectives of the CAAPs.

In his welcome address, Dr. Joseph Ayembilla, Human Development Coordinator, underscored the need for deeper cooperation and coordination among all stakeholders, especially the staff of NABOCADO, Agric officers, and District Planning Officers.

He charged participants to eschew personal differences and organizational decentralization barriers and work towards attaining a sustainable environment for good Agric practices and development for communities, especially under the challenges and risks presented by climate change as set out in the project objectives.

A presentation on the progress of work by Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Michael Ayamga revealed that activities such as sustainable agricultural practices (composting and bonding), Tree growing, Measures against bush burning, Energy saving improved mud-stove ( E-SIMS), Bio-insecticide for pest and disease control using locally innovated methods have all led to significant improvements in the livelihoods of local farmers and the environment in which they live.

He also facilitated the exhibition of hazard maps with expected changes or outcomes after the implementation of CAAPs which were designed by all 26 beneficiary communities, urging Agric and Planning officers of the assemblies to commit to attaining the desires of the people in their districts.

Brief Background of CAAPs

The Climate Adaptation Action Plan is a community-led project aimed at improving Communities’ resilience against the effects of changing climate.

It is been implemented by the livelihood and advocacy directorate of the Navrongo -Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Organization in collaboration with various stakeholders including district Agric departments, forestry departments, Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, Farmers, women cooperative groups as well as traditional authorities with funding from Misereor

So far,26 communities in 6 districts, namely Builsa South, Kassena Nankana East, Bawku West, Talensi, Bongo, and West Mamprusi are implementing climate change adaptation measures to make them resilient to its effects, especially on their livelihoods.

Highlights of Presentations by Agric Directors and Planning Officers.

Meanwhile, the district assemblies expressed concerns over the over-dependence of some local industries ( breweries, bakeries, and commercial food vendors)on fuel wood resulting in the continuous felling of trees for such purposes.

They say the trend could pose negative consequences for the tree growing activities as they called for intensified education and the introduction of the Energy Saving improved mud-stove ( E-SIMS) to such industries.

Some districts were applauded for achieving over 70 percent survival rate for trees planted under the project as they shared knowledge on how other areas could adopt such strategies.

In all, 1,769 farmers ( 567 males and 1,202 females) have planted 8,602 species of tree seedlings including eucalyptus, neem, and Baobab as part of the CAAPs implementation.

Some Agric officers however called for more engagement with the farmers in selecting the tree species for each district. This, they say would enable them take into consideration the farmers’ interests and environmental factors before distributing the seedlings.

 

Below are some photographs of the meeting

Livelihood and Advocacy Directorate Holds Review Meeting for Community Animators

Over 50 community Animators from across the Diocese’s Districts took part in an annual review meeting organized by the Livelihood and Advocacy Directorate of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, NABOCADO. 

This was part of the project dubbed Strengthening of Small Holder Farmers Resilience Towards a Changing Climate and Promotion of Environmentally Friendly Agriculture in the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga, implemented under the Diocesan Livelihood and Advocacy Programme, DiLAP, and funded by Misereor.

Animators are selected community representatives tasked with coordinating activities for effective understanding, participation and implementation of the project.

Participants (both old and New animators) were taken through presentations on

* Understandings Community animation for project sustainability
* Animators role in CAAPs implementation.
* Animators’ role in Gender related projects activities
* Animators Role in local innovations development and
* Data to be collected by Animators/ Reporting.

The meeting was facilitated by Director of the Livelihood and Advocacy Directorate, Mr Dominic Avea Aniah, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Micheal Ayamga and Gender Coordinator Patience Akapaanab.

Below are some pictures from the engagement.