CIKOD advocates good farming and environmental practices

Lawra, (U/W) The Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD) is advocating critical mass believe in Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) and Agro-ecological practices to protect the environment and increase food production.

The success of Agro-ecology is about having a critical mass of people believing and practicing FMNR and Agro-ecology and this could only be achieved through sensitisation, education and training of community members to awaken their consciousness to the issues.

Mr Daniel Banuoku, a Deputy Director of CIKOD, said this during a three-day training on FMNR and Agro-ecology: Concept, Principles and Practice in Lawra in the Lawra Municipality of the Upper West Region.

The training was part of the implementation of a project dubbed Agro-ecology in the Sahel, which is being implemented by CIKOD and ANSD (Feeding without Destroying) in Burkina Faso in partnership with Groundswell International and with funding support from Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

The project is being implemented in Lawra and Nandom Districts with the aim of reaching out to about 2000 households to adopt Agro-ecology and complimentary Agro-ecological practices.

Mr Banuoku said the objective of the project was to build the capacity of communities to be their own experts and be able to facilitate farmer-to-farmer managed natural regeneration and Agro-ecology.

He added that it was based on that that the training was organised to give participants hands-on training tools and skills that would enable them replicate the training in their communities to build the critical mass of people they expected to bring the desired change.

The training focused on giving participants practical understanding of the principles, concepts and practices of FMNR and the broader interconnections between FMNR and Agro-ecology as well as the necessary skills and tools needed to replicate the training in various communities.

Participants which were drawn from Lawra Municipal and Nandom Districts included; farmers, Traditional authorities, teachers, and staff of Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency