I am a young Ghanaian of 36 years of age, a native of the Upper West Region and my name is Ibrahim Erasung Issahaku. I work with the Ministry of Agriculture as an Extension Staff Member.
I call my project the “climate change livestock” project. This is because the project aims to reduce climate change impacts on the natural flora and fauna, a result human activities and chronic poverty.
The purpose of the project is to create livelihood activities for rural people experiencing severe drought and a period during which they cannot farm – the dry season. The result is that they undertake negative activities such as charcoal burning, bad fishing methods, illegal mining, among others. These activities in turn negatively impact the natural environment and increase the impacts from climate change.
As part of the project, farmers will be given 4 livestock and the cultivation of an acre of one cash crop and one leguminous crop as animal feed. This will turn fallow land into feed for animals, provide food for households and also add nutrients to the soil.
Each farmer gives another 3 beneficiaries the same number livestock as they originally received out of the young livestock born over the course of the season. The project will support crop farming to ensure continuity of funds.
Currently, the project (ACDEP) is supporting farmers under a similar revolving animal scheme, but without considering the climate change model. As an environmentalist and engineer, I wish to practice environmentally friendly activities to sustain life and resources for our wise consumption.
This project will create jobs during the dry season, reducing climate change impacts, improving the living conditions of rural dwellers through food security and maybe even stopping migration of youth to southern Ghana for non-existent jobs.
Eight communities in the Wa and Lawra municipal districts will be targeted for this project, with each community enrolling 5 families and 3 family recipients each, making 15 households per community within the first two years.
I will also train farmers to stop bush burning and instead cut crop residue for animal feed after the major farming season.
To ensure sustainability, I will intensify my search for sponsorship to prolong the project lifecycle after termination of this most excellent opportunity.
Annual budget for climate change livestock project (in Ghanaian Cedis. Unit cost is cost per community)
ITEM UNIT COST QTY TOTAL
Sheep/pig/goat 480 8 3,840.00
1 acres (major crop) 600.00 8 4,800
1 acre (animal feed) 600.00 8 4,800
Administrative Resources 8 8,000
Blogpost and picture submitted by Ibrahim Issahaku (Upper West, Ghana) – eralaaji[at]gmail.com
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