USAID ADVISES GHANA TO RESERVE SUFFICIENT LAND FOR FOOD PRODUCTION

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has called on Ghana to reserve sufficient land for food production to cope with future demand because of the increasing impact of climate change on agriculture.

Jenna Tajchman-Trofim, an agriculture development officer from the Office of Economic Growth at USAID Ghana, said here Thursday that spatial planning was key for generating and applying information to design, monitor, and manage conservation sites.

It was also important for fisheries management, disaster reduction and other investments to increase the resilience of fishing families and to sustain food production, she added when addressing the 68th Annual New Year School and Conference at the University of Ghana.

She said the USAID’s Climate Change and Development Strategy guided the agency’s work to help countries make the transition to lasting climate-resilient and low-emission economic development.

The USAID was seeking to reduce the need for costly climate change adaptation solutions, save lives and property and to ensure sustainable fishing as a way of life. The objectives of the USAID’s change strategy are adaptation, integration and mitigation, she said.

She said adaptation helped countries and communities prepare for and adapt to climate change, whereas the integration factored in climate change knowledge into all the agency’s programmes.

Tajchman-Trofim noted that USAID was using information communication technology (ICT) for its Coastal Hazards and Climate Adaptation in Sustainable Fisheries Management Project in 77 communities in Ghana’s Western Region (Province).

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

   

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