Kariganga(UE), March11, GNA – Mr Romanus Gyang, National Coordinator, CARE International, has called on stakeholders and policy makers to adopt a bottom up approach in supporting vulnerable communities to address their needs.
Mr Gyang, who is also in charge of the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP), reiterated that the impact of climate change was devastating and affected every one, hence the need to involve the people at the grassroots level in programmes that were designed to help them cope with the effects of climate change.
The National Coordinator made these statements at Kariganga in the Garu-Tempane District, where partners and policy makers visited some ALP communities to share skills and generate evidence of community based adaptation and best practices of coping with the effects of climate change.
Among the visiting team included partners from ALP communities in the Northern, Upper East and West Regions, Western Region and Kenya.
Some of the officials who were from the National Development Planning Commission(NDPC), SADA Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), Institute of Local Government Studies(ILGS), Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organisation, NADMO, DANIDA and USAID among others, took turns to seek explanations and also advised the communities on climate change, coping strategies and sustainability issues.
The communities visited included Kariganga, Kugri and Akara where farmers adopted dry season gardens for livelihoods, an onion storage facility and a climate information center where beneficiaries of the programme received farming and weather related information through radio.
Among other activities, Agriculture officers took farmers through land preparation, seed dressing, nursery management and transplanting and water management.
Mrs Faustina Essandoh-Yeddu, of the Institute of Local Government Studies ILGS, and Head of Urban and Environmental Management, expressed satisfaction at community participation in ALP and noted that the collaboration would help the ILGS to develop comprehensive modules .
She also called for innovative ways in addressing needs and concerns of vulnerable groups.
Meanwhile, a debriefing session was held by Care International ahead of the field visit on the concept of Community Based Adaptation (CBA), where some participating District Assemblies shared experiences on their preparedness in the implementation of climate change vulnerability programmes in their various districts.
It sought to bring together all partners in sub Saharan Africa with an aim to start a national reflection on establishing climate change adaptations learning hubs that would position the country and other ALP countries to respond to the impact of climate change.
Since its inception in 2010, the ALP has employed many strategies to facilitate sharing of community based adaption concept and approaches to ensure understanding, adoption and application with an aim to reducing vulnerabilities of climate affected communities and individuals.
Caption: Team interacting with farmers at Kariganga