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Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: an Integrated Approach The Ghana Model: Creating Resilient Communities that Cope with Extreme Climate and Weather Events

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs13
  • SDGs15
  • SDGs9
Director, Prof. TAKEUCHI Kazuhiko
(Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo)
Research Institutions in Japan The University of Tokyo / Kyoto University / United Nations University (UNU)
Research Institutions in Ghana University of Ghana (UG) / University for Development Studies, Ghana (UDS) / Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2011
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Ghana
General Description of the Research Project

Adaptation strategies for mitigating the impacts of climate and ecosystem changes on developing societies
Coping with global climate and ecosystem changes requires developing countries with fragile socio-economic and resource management infrastructures to devise adaptation strategies. This project aims at developing an integrated strategy to build a community based management system which is resilient to climate and ecosystem changes as well as capable of maintaining optimum socio-economic standards and resource levels. By integrating research approaches based on extreme weather and climate, ecosystems and governance in underdeveloped semi-arid northern Ghana, the project recommends that effective strategies should involve a rural development agenda as well as flood and drought associated risk management in communities along the Volta River. The strategies should also lead to alleviating the economic disparity between northern Ghana and the rapidly growing south.

Disseminating the integrated resilience strategy to other semi-arid areas of Africa
Based on community field survey of major crops as well as investigation of climate and ecosystems, the project assesses impacts of climate change on agriculture and rural development, and develops infrastructure and local capacity to cope with frequent flood and drought events along the Volta River. The research process leads to integrated strategies that enhance resilience of farming communities in northern Ghana to cope with climate and ecosystem changes and other disasters. These strategies are made available as "the Ghana Model", which can be applied to similar situations in semi-arid regions of Africa.

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Community development to cope with flooding

Community development to cope with flooding

For the promotion of dry season farming in the Upper East region

Japanese researchers, local government representatives, and farmers are working on agriculture that enhances resilience to disasters.

A joint conference in the Janga community in the Northern region

A joint conference in the Janga community in the Northern region

Research Project Web site http://en.ir3s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/project/cecar-africa/
http://ias.unu.edu/en/research/enhancing-resilience-to-climate-and-ecosystem-changes-in-semi-arid-africa-cecar-africa.html#outline
http://supportoffice.jp/c_africa_conf2014/
Press Release http://ias.unu.edu/en/news/announcements/cecar-africa-project-released-a-promotion-video.html
http://ias.unu.edu/en/news/news/ghana_conference.html
http://ias.unu.edu/en/news/news/disseminating-research-findings-through-community-theatre-in-ghana.html
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