As part of the Climate Reality Project‘s 24 hours of climate reality 2017, the project made a short 8 minute film about the project working with women subsistence farmers in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. Have a look!
Women farmers ensure the food security of their families and communities because they produce 70% of the subsistence crops grown in Ghana that meet our daily food needs. Yet climate change is having diabolical impacts on the productivity of their farms, and on their livelihoods and incomes. The Brong Ahafo Region, once the bread basket of Ghana, is being severely affected by encroachment of the savannah as it moves southwards, and by more frequent and increasingly severe weather events such as droughts and floods. as a result, women farmers are faced with declining agricultural yields, increased desertification and deepening poverty and hunger.
To address some of these problems, FoE-Ghana is implementing a project entitled Climate change adaptation, poverty & women subsistence farmers, supported by the UK Department for International Development (DfID). We are helping around 1,000 women farmers to improve the sustainability of their farming systems and help them adapt to climate change.
This will contribute to improving their farm productivity and also the food security of their families and communities. Their exess farm produce can also be sold for an income, or processed for longer-term storage at the new food processing and storage centres. The water boreholes we are providing will improve communities’ access to potable water, improving their health and welfare.