CRS launches ‘Re-greening Africa’ project

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    Kamara Osman Faisal, GNA

    Mion (NR), Aug. 30, GNA- the Catholic Relief
    Services (CRS), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) operating in the Northern
    Region has launched the ‘Re-greening Africa’ project in the Mion district to
    ensure evergreen agriculture practices.

    The five-year project (2017-2020) is aimed at
    improving rural livelihoods; ensuring food security as well as promoting
    resilience to climate change of 500,000 smallholder farmers in eight African
    countries including Ghana.

    The project dubbed, “Reversing Land
    Degradation in Africa by Scaling-up Evergreen Agriculture ‘Re-greening Africa’
    project intends to restore the essential ecosystem services such as improving
    water soil fertility, erosion control, and enhancing water cycle buffering.

    The ‘Re-greening Africa’ project is targeted
    at 15,000 smallholder farmer beneficiaries within 150 communities in the Mion
    district to cover an entire area of 30,000 hectares of land to enhance
    evergreen agricultural practices.

    The project is funded by the European Union
    and implemented by World Vision in Bawku West and Garu Tempane districts as
    well as CRS an implementing partner operating in the Mion district in the
    Northern Region.

    Mr Mawuli Asigbee, Agriculture Programmes
    Manager at CRS speaking at the launch underscored the need for stakeholders to
    be involved in the information sharing process and to solicit support in
    rolling out the project to achieve its intended purpose.

    He explained that the project would reverse
    outmoded farming practices as well as facilitating the incorporation of tree
    planting and tree management in farming activities to ensure enabling
    conditions for re-greening.

    Mr Asigbee indicated that, unsustainable
    farming practices including; slash and burn, bush fires, sand winning, charcoal
    burning were the menaces contributing to the degradation of the environment of
    which the project would end in the district.

    Mr Iddrisu Abu, Northern Regional Director of
    the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said traditional authorities should
    lead as the frontliners at ensuring behavioural changes of community members
    and enforcing laws to protect the environment.

    He added that, Civil Society Organisations
    (CSO’s) and NGOs needed to have clear communication strategies and engagement plans
    with various stakeholders to ensure inclusiveness to adequately address
    environmental and developmental challenges.

    Mr Mohammed Hashim, the Mion District Chief
    Executive (DCE) said government initiatives of the Planting for Food and Jobs
    (PFJ) and Planting for Export (PE) focused primarily on enhancing food security
    and contributing to carbon sequestration in the atmosphere.

    He appealed to NGO’s to strengthen their
    coordination of projects with government agencies to adequately address
    challenges to bring a desire change especially, human activities that degraded
    land leading to climate change.

    Participating stakeholders included:
    Traditional Authorities, Assembly members, EPA, Ghana National Fire Service
    (GNFS), Forestry Commission, Mion District Agricultural Department, and the
    Ghana Peasant Farmers Association.

    GNA

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