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Ghana science-policy dialogue platform presentations


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Presentation at the CCAFS Ghana science-policy dialogue platform national stakeholders' workshop on 4 July 2019 in Tamale, Ghana.

* Platform structure and function as a way forward for an effective operation and visibility at regional and national levels by Mr. Kingsley Odum Sam.
* Major achievements of the platform in terms of outputs and outcomes by Mr. Vincent Ansah Botchway
* Strategic focus and major activities going forward by Mr. Delali Nutsukpoh

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Ghana science-policy dialogue platform presentations

  3. 3. • CCAFS Platform concept was initiated by CCAFS West Africa (ICRISAT, Bamako, Mali) • Goal: – To promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources and environmental services INTRODUCTION
  4. 4. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES 1. Network and interact regularly with relevant stakeholders to develop Ghana’s priorities and needs for adaptation to climate change. 2. Form strategic alliances for optimization of environmental resources through inter- institutional networking, knowledge sharing and learning, and research. 3. Share policy status and options for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture 4. Ensure widespread dissemination of outputs and knowledge products from evidence-based research. 5. Identify related research needs and priorities and conduct supportive studies to facilitate policy and decision-making processes 6. Build capacities to enhance change and adaptation to climate change effects at the local, national and sub-regional levels 7. Facilitate agribusiness related activities to enhance rural livelihoods and empowerment. MAIN OBJECTIVE To enhance climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector in rural communities in Ghana through exchange of information, experience sharing, learning to influence policy.
  5. 5. THE CCAFS PLATFORM GHANA • The Platform is hosted by CSIR-ARI • Formed in 2012 through a multi-stakeholder dialogue • Launched on 30th July 2013 with strong ministerial support from MESTI, MoFA and MoTI • Registered with Registrar's General Department in Ghana • A member of Global Alliance for CSA (GACSA) • A member of W/A CSA Alliance launched in Mali
  6. 6. Launching of Ghana Platform
  8. 8. GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE • Secretariat established with – Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, M&E Focal Person, Accountant and Executive Member • National Core Team formed with – Representatives of 10 strategic partnership organizations • CSIR, MOFA, FAO, NDPC, EPA, UG, GMet, CSO, NGO, FBO • Expanded Members – Over 60 multi-stakeholder members – Representing various institutions and organizations • Sub-national level platforms – Comprising local level policy and decision makers (e.g. DAs, Traditional Authorities, CSOs/NGOs, Farmer Groups & Associations) – A multi-stakeholder
  9. 9. COMPOSITION AND FUNCTIONS LEVEL ROLES Secretariat  Constitutes the administrative unit.  Ensures the routine operations of the platform Core Team  Comprises reps from 10 strategic organizations.  Forms the planning and implementation team.  Directs programs and projects implementation National Platform • Encompasses the overall platform membership • As multi-stakeholders and boundary partners • Supports the implementation of platform activities at various levels Sub- National Platforms • Play active roles at the local level • As hubs for collaborations • Entry points for programs, projects and research activities
  11. 11. Ghana Science-Policy Dialogue Platform Farmer-Based and Community-Based Organisations Traditional Authorities and Religious Bodies Academic and Research Institutions Policy and Decision Makers Development Partners NGOs and CSOs Media Groups Religious Bodies Network on Climate Change (RELBONET) University of Ghana, Legon Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology University of Cape Coast National Development Planning Commission Ghana Meteorological Agency Forestry Commission Environmental Protect Agency Ministry of Food and Agriculture Ministry of Trade and Industry Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation United Nations FAO World Bank The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) CCAFS West Africa Climate Change Action Network Care International Nandom Deanery Integrated Rural Development Programme (NANDIRDEP) Ghana Society of Animal Production Africa Rising Association of Church- based Development NGOs (ACDEP) Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development Daily Graphic Rite FM Daily Democrat Ghanaian Times Ghana News Agency West Link FM Joy FM The Insight The Investor TV3 Chiefs Queen Mothers Land Lords and Ladies Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen Global Farmers Wives Association
  12. 12. BOUNDARY & STRATEGIC PARTNERS (BSPs) • National Directors • Policy Decision Makers • Parliamentarians • Researchers/Academicians • Municipal/District Assemblies Workers • Media People • Traditional Rulers • Religious Leaders • Farmers • NGOs BSPs the Ghana platform seeks to influence include:
  14. 14. SEMINAR WITH GOV’T MINISTERS, DIRECTORS, CHIEF DIRECTORS AND LEGISLATORS (PARLIAMENTARIANS) Seminar on Climate Change and Variability–The need for integrating adaptation actions into sectoral plans and budgets was organized for high level policy makers SOME KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
  15. 15. Political buy in by Parliamentarians in Ghana
  16. 16. CCAFS W/A Program Leader sharing Climate Change Publication with some dignitaries SHARING OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS M&E Focal Person sharing CSA Action Plan with Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein (Founder and Head of Global Food Summit, Germany) Secretary sharing knowledge products with Former Deputy of MoFA In-Charge of Livestock
  17. 17. • To operationalize the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) Document launched by H. E. Former President John Dramani Mahama. • Validation in Ashanti Region was supported by CARE International and finalized under the chairmanship of Deputy Regional Minister DEVELOPMENT OF CSA AND FOOD SECURITY ACTION PLAN
  18. 18. Engagement with the Academia: Key Outputs • Eminent Scientists and Relevant stakeholders sensitized on NCCP, National CSA and Food Security Action Plan • Communiqué developed and submitted to government • Publications (Conference papers & Journal Articles)
  20. 20. FORMATION OF 10 SUB-NATIONAL PLATFORMS Collaboration with CARE Int’l and MOFA/WAAPP (Establish and Launch Platforms) Lambussie District Platform Nadowli-Kaleo District Platform WITH MOFA/WAAPP • Support and enrich e-Agric Platform with information on CSA, • Sensitize and train key stakeholders on climate change adaptation issues • Replicate District Platforms To close gap between community people – researchers – policy decision makers CCAFS, W/A = 3 CARE Int’l - 2 MOFA/WAAPP = 5 Lambussie District Platform
  21. 21. SUPPORT TRANSITION OF GHANA’S AGRICULTURE TO CSA • Review of Ghana’s CSA Action Plan and other sectoral policies, programmes and plans to ensure synergies and linkages • Review of CSA interventions and practices in Ghana • Developed 9 District Level CSA Investment Frameworks Responsive to the Ghana CSA and Food Security Action Plan – Some DAs remarked that CSA investment frameworks along the value chain will guide their development plans
  22. 22. INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS • ICRISAT – Conducted scenario-guided multi-level policy revision of the Ghana Livestock Policy Workshop. July, 2016 • International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – Conducted country profiling of CSA and developing CSA prioritization framework for Ghana
  23. 23. PARTNERSHIPS & LINKAGE MECHANISMS (2012-2019) PARTNER LINKAGE MECHANISM OUTPUTS/OUTCOMES International Level CCAFS, West Africa (ICRISAT), CGIAR Project planning meetings Information Sharing Growing organizational competence Joint project implementation Increasing visibility of platform Conferences/Workshops Engaging high level policy Funding projects and programs Functional platform at all levels for policy influence Training, Capacity Building, Cogeneration of knowledge products and dissemination UADA- NEPAD/ACSAA CSA strategy planning meeting Visibility and recognition ACSAA Workshops Sharing knowledge products Consultations on Vision 25x25 Visibility and recognition CIAT, CGIAR Joint project implementation Country CSA profiling; Enhancing capacity of members
  24. 24. PARTNERSHIPS & LINKAGE MECHANISMS CONT’D PARTNER LINKAGE MECHANISM OUTPUTS/OUTCOMES Local Level CARE, Ghana Consultancy, Collaborative Project Implementation Sub-national CSA platforms (2) set up in UWR MoFA, WAAPP Joint project implementation Policy influence; Sub-national CSA platforms (5) set up in Southern Ghana FAO (Ghana) Consultancy, Collaborative Project Implementation Development of CSA investment Framework; CA Profiling in Ghana ASSAR (Univ. of Ghana) Collaborative project implementation Strengthening collaboration with sub- national platforms Climate Smart Villages/CSIR Field visits and data sharing Co-generation of CSA knowledge products; Social learning and extension Sub-national CSA platforms Joint project implementation Capacity strengthening; Co-generation of CSA knowledge products; Workshops/Training Bottom up approach for farmer-research- policy dialogue Reporting Recognition by District Assemblies
  25. 25. SALIENT SCIENTIFIC OUTPUTS/RESULTS FROM 2011-2017 NO. OUTPUTS PUBLICATION TITLES 1 Awareness on climate change created among stakeholders in Ghana Ghana Climate Change, Agriculture And Food Security Platform Review Vol.1 Issues 1 and 2 (2014) 2 CSA technologies and practices identified and profiled by agro-ecological zones Climate Smart Agricultural Practices In Ghana (2016) 3 Climate change and institutional policy gaps at sub-national levels in Ghana identified Assessment of Climate Change Policy and Institutional Context: The Case of Ghana (2014) 4 CSA action plan developed for Ghana National Climate Smart Agriculture And Food Security Action Plan (2015) 5 Manual for participatory profiling of CSA technologies and practices for Ghana developed Technologies and Practices for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) In Ghana: A Participatory Profiling Manual (2015) 6 Notes for review of Ghana livestock policy document developed Proceedings on the Scenario-Guided Review of the Ghana Livestock Policy (2016) 7 Operational guide to facilitate formation of platforms developed Systems and Operations of the Ghana Science-Policy Dialogue Platform On Climate Change, Agriculture And Food Security (2016) 8 Ten (10) sub-national platforms established and capacitated in Ghana Scaling Up of CSA Platforms at the Sub-national (District Levels) In Ghana: A Progressive Achievement of the Ghana CCAFS Platform(2016) 9 Draft national CSA financial plan National CSA Financial Plan (2017)
  26. 26. KEY DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES AND IMPACTS • Knowledge on climate change and CSA enhanced among stakeholders • Deeper awareness among farmers and other actors on implication of climate change and their activities • Increased potential financial inflows into CSA (FAO support transition Ghana’s agriculture to CSA) • Policy pronouncement that the sub-national platform should be scaled up • A call on government national policy level for up-scaling the sub-national platforms in Ghana • Increased collaborative effort between the private sector, CSO, the public sector to address climate change • Conscious effort to protect the environment by developing by-laws • The CSA action plan has mainstreamed CSA investment in agric sector investment plan (METASIP III) • The Draft CSA Financial Plan has become relevant input for the development of CSA Investment Plan (CSAIP) by the World Bank through MoFA, which will be linked to the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) Initiative.
  28. 28. A SWOT ANALYSIS Strengths: • Structured and functional multi-stakeholder group • Over 7 years of collaboration with CCAFS, West Africa • Immense organizational experience and competence • Institutional networking excellence • Committed and self-motivated members • Member of the Global Alliance for CSA (GACSA) • Experience with setting up and development of sub-national science-policy dialogue platforms • Presence at national and district levels • Team dynamics and management competencies • Skilled Research and Development expertise • Experience on use of local level human resource for generation of knowledge products e.g. scenarios, CSA Investment Framework etc.
  29. 29. A SWOT ANALYSIS CONT’D Weaknesses: • Very low financial portfolio • Limited evaluation for M & E learning • Weak ICT knowledge management systems • Inadequate skills and technical knowledge to access donor/global green/climate funds • Weak financial muscle to call the shots scaling up platform activities locally and internationally • Inability to hold regular annual meetings to sustain membership and growth for an amplified voice
  30. 30. A SWOT ANALYSIS CONT’D Opportunities: • Demand for CSA knowledge products locally and internationally addressing climate change and variability • Increasing vulnerability of small holder agriculture and food systems to climate change requiring solutions • Adoption and prosecution of AU Vision 25 X 25 by 2015 by the member States including Ghana • AUDA-NEPAD supportive of country CSA platforms and the development of sub-national structures in tracking Vision 25 X 25 • Favorable government of Ghana policies including the NDCs supporting CSA • Existence of regional, continental and global alliances for CSA partnerships and networking • Continuous support of CCAFS, West Africa Program of Science-Policy Dialogue development in the long-term
  31. 31. A SWOT ANALYSIS CONT’D Threats: • Existence of conflicting philosophies on approaches for addressing climate change and vulnerability within agriculture and food systems; e.g. CSA, Agro-ecology farming and agricultural intensification • Turf protectionism by some government/NGO projects and initiatives in climate change
  32. 32. PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES NO. AREAS KEY STRATEGIC ACTIONS 1 Reducing poverty  Conduct of multi-level and evidence based research.  Promote the uptake of evidence and learning generated and share particularly with high national policy makers to influence policy to reduce vulnerability of Smallholder farmers to Climatic Risks.  Create at sub-national levels an enabling environments that connect the generation of CSA practices with next and end users,  Assess the relevance of the use of CSA practices in local, socially differentiated contexts through the development of portfolios of CSA options and context most likely to benefit farmers 2 Improving food and nutrition security for health  Building Resilient Agro-Systems in the sub-national levels through active participation in action research and CSA Promotions.  Jointly disseminate and drive the adoption of R&D interventions and products that ensure the availability and access to food and reduce poverty in rural communities. 3 Improving natural resource systems and ecosystem services  On Climate Change, Environmental Management and Green Technology will jointly disseminate and drive the adoption of R&D interventions and products that minimize the negative impact of climate change on agriculture, forestry, the environment and social development.
  33. 33. PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES CONT’D NO. AREAS KEY STRATEGIC ACTIONS 4 Priorities and Policies for CSA  Jointly develop projects policy instruments to scale up CSA investments at various scales.  Ex-ante evaluation and decision support for CSA options  Food and nutrition security under climate change  Enabling policy environments for CSA 5 CSA Technologi es and Practices  Participatory evaluation of CSA technologies and practices in the CSVs  Evidence and investment planning and application domain for CSA technologies and practices  Active involvement in sub-national adaptation planning and implementation  Support sub-national capacity building to develop business models for innovative financing for scaling CSA  Profiling of indigenous knowledge in rural communities 6 Low- Emissions Developme nt  Support for institutions to quantify GHG emission evaluation in smallholder systems  Support for identifying priorities and options for low-emissions development  Policies, incentives and finance for scaling up low-emissions practices
  34. 34. PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES CONT’D NO. AREAS KEY STRATEGIC ACTIONS 7 Climate Services and Safety Nets  Climate information and early warning for risk management  Climate information and advisory services for agriculture  Weather related agricultural insurance products and programmes  Support climate services investment planning and policy formulation 8 Science, ICT and Gender  Collaboratively develop youth in e-agriculture and gender based agribusiness programmes.  Jointly disseminate and drive the adoption of R&D interventions and products, that ensure livelihood improvements and effective demonstration of the contribution of STI to agriculture and rural development e.g. Technology for Livelihood and Wealth Creation  Value Chain promotion and e-agribusiness. 9 Cross- cutting Issues  Gender and Social inclusion,  Environmental migration  Partnerships and capacity for scaling CSA 10 Institutional strengtheni ng  Human resource management and development  Build and strengthen capacity of personnel and capacitate sub- national CSA Platforms for resource mobilization
  35. 35. CONCLUSION • The Ghana CSA Science-Policy Dialogue Platform – An Institutional INNOVATION, – Multi-stakeholder Platform in nature – Into knowledge cogeneration, information sharing and policy influence at all levels – With outcomes favouring smallholder climate change adaptation and food systems – A Member of GACSA – Increase networking and partnerships (locally and internationally) – Well positioned for future local and international programmes and projects
  36. 36. CONTACT: CCAFS Platform Ghana P.O. Box AH20, Achimota, Accra, Ghana Tel: +233302-912178/9 Email PARTNERS: THANK YOU