Integrating women into the management of lake Bosomtwe Biosphere Reserve

This project is integrating women into the locally established governance system of Lake Bosomtwe Community Resources Management Areas (CREMA) to contribute to the protection of lake and introduce climate-resilient farming systems.

Location: Lake Bosumtwi
Leader: Prosper Antwi-Bosiako, Project Manager

Project's Goal

To promote and support women in conservation leadership, enable more sustainable agriculture and resources use thereby reducing land degradation, mitigating climate change whiles enhancing natural resources and human livelihood.

The five months partnership project was supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI) and implemented by A Rocha Ghana with collaboration from the Water Resources Commission of Ghana (Pra Basin office) and lake fringe communities. The project was first launched in November 17, 2017 at the durbar grounds of one of the beneficiary communities called  “Ankaase”

Among several community activities, the project has been able to achieve the following:

Leadership Training for Women

A total of 25 women leaders from 10 local communities were recruited and trained in CREMA concept, leadership roles and participatory resource management

Conservation Agriculture

A total of 75 farmers (48 Women and 27 Men) were recruited from five (5) communities and trained in conservation agriculture.

Farmer's Support

To enable farmers apply and utilize their newly acquired knowledge and also to support women groups who are mostly disadvantaged in the catchment, all recruited and trained farmers in conservation agriculture were supported with basic farming equipment comprising boots and local cutlasses to aid in farm activities.

Training on Conservation Agriculture

To help farmers maximise outputs on their lands and importantly minimize pollution of the Lake from their farms, A total of 75 farmers particularly those who farm within the Lake’s catchment and / or close to the Lake were recruited from five (5) communities (Pipie, Nkowi, Ankaase, Atafram and Adwafo) and trained in Conservation Agriculture; an efficient soil and ecosystem farming method that is void of use and/or pollution from inorganic fertilizers and other chemicals etc. Farmers were trained to combine ecosystem principles, biological control methods, mulching, composting preparation and application. Farmers were also taught and encouraged to take advantage of the benefits of crop rotation and mixed cropping. Based on the preference of farmers, improved seedlings of cowpea, maize, groundnut, Chilly pepper and Okra were purchased from the Crop Research Institute of Ghana in early February and supplied accordingly.

With support from the implementing partners, the project is contributing to meeting the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly, Goal 5( Gender Equality); Goal 6 ( Water and Sanitation) and Goal 13 (Climate Action).

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