Dr Stephen Yeboah

Introduction

Given the ample evidence of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa, there is an urgent need to develop more climate resilient maize systems. Adaptation strategies to climate change in maize systems in Ghana include improved crop varieties with tolerance to drought and heat stress and effective promotion and dissemination strategies. We aim to improve human nutrition and food security through widespread dissemination and promotion of drought tolerant quality protein maize to ensure adoption and sustainable production.

 

Key activities undertaken and outcomes listed below;

  1. Community visit, project sensitization and distribution of Maize Seeds

The visits were made to select sites, sensitize community members and explore research synergies between the research team and stakeholders to ensure that the project has impact on local communities. During this visits, research interests, activities and issues were discussed with District Agriculture Extension Officers, farmers and relevant stakeholders for effective project implementation. The communities visited include Aframso, Atebubu, Amanten, and Teacherkrom to sensitize them on the new project. Improved seeds of the selected maize varieties were distributed to community champion farmers on the innovation platforms for planting.

Plate A: Visit and distribution of inputs in target communities
  1. Participatory Rapid Appraisal (Focused Group Discussio, Key Informant Interviews and Questionnaire)

Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA) involving Focused Group Discussion, Key Informant Interviews and Questionnaire have been conducted in the project target communities. The focus group discussions were held separately for male and female farmers. The PRA sought to establish resource ownership and allocation, opportunities and challenges in the adoption of drought tolerant maize.

Plate B: Focus Group Discussion (Insert: Fellow in AfriCLP branded T’shirt)

Plate C: Questionnaire administration

Establishment of Demonstration Fields

Demonstration fields have been established with farmers in each of the project communities.

The demonstration fields are used to train farmers and other stakeholders on good agronomic practices to enhance productivity.

Plate D: Demonstration plot

Way forward:

Data analysis is currently on-going and results will be presented in the subsequent report.

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