Can Ghana’s Agricultural Sector help in Slowing down Global Warming?

In light of the recent post on Agricultural Mitigation, the IFAD-IFPRI Partnership blog is hosting a virtual dialogue on the following two topic questions.

     

  • What are the key obstacles in Ghana for agricultural climate change mitigation?
  • What should the government do to promote agricultural mitigation?

Both or either questions may be answered at any time. Please share with us your knowledge, opinions and perspectives so we may collectively engage in a fruitful discussion of the real and potential challenges and opportunities that Ghana faces in its struggle to adapt to climate changes. For more information, read the IFAD-IFPRI Partnership Ghana country brief.

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2 Responses to Can Ghana’s Agricultural Sector help in Slowing down Global Warming?

  1. Dr. Roland Nuhu Issaka says:

    Roland Nuhu Issaka, Ph D
    Ghana Agricultural sector can help slow down global warming
    • Presently crop yields per unit area are far below their potential
    • Soil carbon levels for most soils are very low
    Under proper management and the use of high yielding varieties crop yield per unit area can be more than doubled. The very high biomass produced will result in increase levels of soil carbon hence reduction in emission.
    The key obstacles include very low use of fertilizers (both organic and inorganic), use of low yielding crop varieties, slash and burn ( burning is still a major land preparation method )

    The government can encourage the use of fertilizers through subsidy provision. High yielding varieties are available (cassava, maize) and the government can encourage farmers to planting these varieties by ensuring farmers of good prices (excess produce will taken away by the government). The government can discourage farmers from burning by enacting by-laws and enforcing them.

    Tree plantations (mangoes, citrus, oil palm) and other perennial crops (jetropha) will also slow down global warming.

  2. Francis M. Tetteh says:

    The main obstacles in Ghana for agricultural mitigation are land degradation due to excessive soil erosion and nutrient leaching and minining. Farmers have also low adoption rates of improved technologies. These technologies are geared towards minimizing land degradation and improving crop yields which will result in increased biomass production in below ground (roots) and above ground (stover, leaves, stems, etc) levels leading to sequestration of carbon in the soil. Lack of policies to restrict bush burning, reviewing and updating fertilizer recommendations, controlling quality of fertilizers and their distribution, subsidies on agricultural inputs etc.
    Government can promote agricultural mitigation by promoting the use of good agricultural practices, use of improved crop varieties that are high yielding with high biomass returned into the soil, good subsidies on fertilizers and other agricultural inputs that will promote good agricultural practices -minimum tillage, ploughing across the slopes to minimize erosion, water harvesting, and credit facilities for farmers.

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