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LEAN Project Pledges To Improve Livelihoods Of Farmers Through Transition Landscape

Tropenbos Ghana and EcoCare Ghana has briefed the media on Transition landscape of Ghana on their four-year project aimed at improving the livelihood of 12,000 farmers. The event was held at the Techiman South Municipal Assembly Hall (Bonokyempem Hall) in the Bono East Region of Ghana. 

The Landscapes and Environmental Agility across the Nation (LEAN) project also seeks “to directly contribute to the national efforts of conserving biodiversity, improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers, increasing climate change resilience and reducing emissions from land use changes in the savannah, high forest and transition zones of Ghana”.

The project, which is funded by the European Union’s flagship GCCA+ initiative is being implemented by a consortium of four local NGOs; Rainforest Alliance in the High Forest Zone, World Vision in the Savannah Landscape as well as Tropenbos Ghana and EcoCare Ghana, both partnering in the Forest-Savannah Transition Landscape.

In the transition landscape, the project is implemented by Tropenbos Ghana and EcoCare Ghana in six selected districts; Nkoranza North, Nkoranza South, Techiman North, Techiman Municipal in the Bono East Region as well as Offinso North and Offinso Municipal in the Ashanti Region.  The project seeks to engage sixty (60) communities in the selected districts with ten (10) communities from each district and currently 58 communities are covered fully.  

To achieve the aim of the project, the partners have embarked on activities such as; creation of woodlots, landscape restoration and conservation campaigns, mobilizing the private sector and political authorities to facilitate the creation of improved market for commodities cultivated by farmers, empowering farmers and youth with entrepreneurial skills among others.

Mrs. Patience Padiki Olesu Adjei campaigner of Tropenbos stated that the project is to help expand and scale up the government’s efforts to make the country climate change resilient.

“We need to act very fast given the fact that we are being threatened by the issues of climate change, with the main driver being deforestation which is associated with agriculture”. 
She further added that, “the delay in rains and increase in temperatures indicate the impact of climate change, and that is why these interventions we are bringing are very relevant."

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