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Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Platform Ghana

The ‘CCAFS Platform – Ghana’ is a not-for-profit organisation legally recognised and operating in Ghana. We are hosted at the CSIR-Animal Research Institute in Accra, Ghana.

 

Our Vision

A food-secure world driven by climate-smart agriculture.

Achievements

  • National multi-stakeholders mobilization where decision was taken by over 45 actors to firm up platform for information sharing and leaning in CCA.
  • National Platform established with a defined governance structure (Secretariat, Core Team and Platform members) and was launched in presence of 3 Ministers of State in July 2013.
  • Conducted reconnaissance field visit to An Aquaponic Farm in the Central Region of Ghana to examine some Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies and Practices
  • Organised a seminar for high level policy and decision makers (Ministers, Chief Directors and Directors) and Legislators (Parliamentarians) on “Climate Change and Variability – The need for integrating adaptation actions into sectoral plans and budgets”.
  • Conducted Reconnaissance field visit to CCAFS sites in Upper West Region of Ghana. Participated in the celebration of ‘Kobine Festival 2014’ of the people of Lawra Traditional Area on the theme “Climate Change and Agriculture”. The Platform made presentation to sensitise the community on “Climate Smart Agriculture”.
  • Organised Climate Smart Agriculture and Technologies/Practices Profiling workshop in the Guinea Savannah Agro-Ecological Zone of Ghana
  • Organised Climate Smart Agriculture and Technologies/Practices Profiling workshop in the Forest agro-ecological zone of Ghana.
  • Initiated and established Three Sub-National Level Climate Change Science-Policy Platforms in the Lawra, Jirapa and Nandom Districts in the Upper West region of Ghana.
  • Organised workshop on “Utilization of Knowledge Products from CCAFS Studies in Ghana”.

Our Mission

To enhance knowledge-sharing and awareness creation on climate change, agriculture and food security matters that will raise the understanding and appreciation of climate-smart agriculture and contribute to building enabling environment for informed and timely policy decision-making.

Our Objectives

  • To forge strategic alliances for optimization of environmental resources through inter institutional networking, knowledge sharing and learning.
  • To contribute to policy decision-making processes on climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture through sharing of policy status and options as well as provision of research and scientific information.
  • To identify related research needs and priorities for adaptation to climate change and ensure widespread dissemination of outputs (e.g. policy briefs, reports, releases) through CCAFS websites and portals.
  • To build capacities enhancing change and adaptation to climate change effects at the local, national and sub-regional levels.

 

Establishment of Animal Research Institute

The CSIR-Animal Research Institute is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The Institute was established as Biological Research Institute in January 1957 as an agency of Tsetse Control Department of the Gold Coast Administration. It was associated with the University College and housed in Achimota. It was re-designated Entomological and Parasitological Research Institute, under the newly promulgated National Research Council, later re-named the Ghana Academy of Sciences, in 1959.In 1964 the name of the Unit was changed to ANIMAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, when the research programme was widened from strictly animal health to include other areas of animal agriculture. The Institute was given an expanded national mandate to undertake research and development in all aspects of poultry and livestock production in Ghana.

 

Corporate Vision

Our activities are supported by the vision statement which states our commitment to be a Centre of Excellence and preview reference point in Ghana for all matters pertaining to scientific and technological development and utilization of domestic animals and wild life resources.

Mission

CSIR-ARI is a research facility whose mission is to Develop and transfer technology; promote sustainable agriculture; improve livestock production and productivity to reduce poverty and enhance commercial productivity; enhance Natural Resource Management; offer advisory service to medium, small and large scale farmers; commercialize research technology development; and offer advice to Government on policies in the animal industry.

Key Objectives

To produce technologies for good quality feeds and improved forages and develop strategies for the sustainable management of natural resources and rangelands for farm animals. To genetically improve farm animals as a source of animal protein Control and management of animal diseases and disease vectors; To develop appropriate models for the transfer of technologies for improved animal production; To address socio-cultural and economic factors affecting animal production; To build the capacity to promote commercialization of livestock technologies.

 

CCAFS Photo Gallery

  • Group picture after the platform launch
  • Platform core team member sensitising the people on CSA
  • At the ‘Kobine Festival 2014’ of the people of Lawra Traditional Area

Institutional Collaborators

Collaboration and partnership is a critical factor in the work of ARI. At the farmer level, ARI is committed to responding to the livestock needs of the farmers with dedicated research. In order for positive research results to be supported by other development partners, ARI must work in collaboration with its partners during on-farm trials. In addition, ARI must ensure that its results are documented and disseminated. Furthermore, ARI will recognize the need to follow uptake efforts to respond to both emerging issues and to validate their research activities.

CSIR-Animal Research Institute is acknowledged not only locally but also internationally. Indeed, funding of programmes undertaken come from international organisations and agencies.

Our Research Stations and Farms

  • Babile (Guinea Savanna vegetation), Out reach post for pig research, crop-livestock integration studies.
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