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Sustainable Land and Water Management Project (SLWMP)
GEF Implementing Agency
To improve food security in Northern Ghana using an ecosystem approach that builds on the existing systems and capacities developed through the SLWMP.
land under integrated and sustainable management
GHG emissions avoided or reduced
In Ghana, the agricultural sector is the largest source of employment and is dominated by smallholder farmers. Less than one percent of cultivated land is irrigated, making agricultural yields highly dependent on rainfall. Although the south of the country experiences two rainy seasons, Northern Ghana, like its neighbouring Sahelian countries, experiences long periods of drought and increasingly erratic rainfall patterns as a result of climate change. There is also a growing divide between those living in the urban areas of the south, where poverty and hunger have been reduced, and those living in the north, where households experience high levels of poverty and food insecurity and have limited access to economic opportunities.
The RFS Ghana project, SLWMP, supports a comprehensive landscape approach to sustainable land and watershed management in Northern Ghana, with planning activities targeted at management of ecosystems at the landscape level, and improved food security and poverty reduction at the community level. The project builds on previous GEF investments in the region, which have benefited over 24,000 people, and helped to reinforce national capacities in spatial planning and implement local platforms at watershed and community levels.
The project aims to generate triple-win situations that combine agricultural productivity enhancement of ecosystem services and improvements of livelihoods, incomes, and food security.
The project is structured around three principal components:
The project aims to meet the following targets:
Capacity for integrated spatial planning is developed.
Sustainable land and water management interventions are implemented.
An effective and functional knowledge management, learning, and monitoring and assessment system is established.
The project is implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (the project coordinating entity) together with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Wildlife Division, and the Forest Services Division of the Forestry Commission. At the national level, the project engages the National Sustainable Land Management Committee, which is responsible for providing overall guidance for implementation of the Ghana Strategic Investment Framework for SLM funded through the TerrAfrica Program.
Each RFS country project conducts activities that fall under common thematic areas within the programme. Explore each project theme relevant to the RFS Ghana country project below to see which activities are being implemented under each theme.
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The RFS Ghana project is improving food security in Northern Ghana using an ecosystem approach that builds on existing systems and capacities. During the 2021 country roundtable, Project Coordinator Isaac Charles Acquah Jr provided an update on the project’s activities, achievements, challenges and lessons learned. The presentation was followed by facilitated Q&A session to allow country project and RFS partners a chance to exchange information and learn more about RFS activities in Ghana.
This IUCN report compiles case studies from Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, the Philippines and Viet Nam to highlight how forest landscape restoration (FLR) interventions enhance food security. They illustrate the ‘win-win’ solutions that can enhance land functionality and productivity, develop resilient food systems and explore the long-term potential outputs and enabling conditions for FLR interventions. A greater emphasis on the impacts of degradation and deforestation and other indicators are exemplified throughout these case studies in order to better understand the results from FLR interventions and their relationship to land productivity.
Implemented by the World Bank, the objective of the RFS Ghana project is to build on the existing systems, structures, and capacities developed under the SLWMP in order to improve food security using a landscape/ecosystem approach. This factsheet provides an overview of the project, outlining the various components, stakeholders, and anticipated impacts, as well as key innovative elements within the project design and implementation.