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Efficiently Increasing Energy Supplies in Ghana

Canada’s Total Contribution: $15,000,000

Targeted Countries: Ghana

Funding Period: 2010/2011

Project Funded through a Canadian Facility: IFC - Canada Climate Change Program (CCCP)

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

The IFC-Canada Climate Change Program provided support to convert a gas-powered plant into a combined cycle unit, increasing its output from 220 megawatts (MW) to approximately 330 MW. This project is undertaken using waste heat recovery technology, which does not require additional fuel, and thus will not produce additional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Results/Expected Outcomes

This project is expected to have a number of benefits including increasing the supply of electricity to support Ghana’s growing economy at a more efficient cost, further diversifying the electricity supply away from over-reliance on hydro power generation, and supporting the growth of private sector investment in the power sector. Once complete, the plant will account for some 15 percent of Ghana’s power generation capacity, providing power to more than a million people. This project is expected to pave the way and establish benchmarks for future private-sector power and energy efficiency projects in the country. In addition, this project is expected to mobilize an additional $345 million in co-financing from public and private sources and lead to an estimated greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 117,800 metric tons of CO2 per year.*
Co-Financing/Mobilized Finance (CAD$): $345,000,000
Estimated GHG (metric tons of CO₂) Reduction Associated with Project (per year)Disclaimer *: 117,800

Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience: Adapting to Climate Change

Canada’s Total Contribution: $2,080,000

Targeted Countries: Ghana

Funding Period: 2012/2013

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

Through the $23.2 million Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience, Canada provided support to increase resilience of the vulnerable households to climate change in targeted communities in Northern Ghana through improved access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food and sustainable economic development.

Results/Expected Outcomes

With support from Canada's contribution, this project expects to achieve increased access to information about climate change to smallholder farmers, improved agricultural productivity and increased farm income, and reduce the risk of climate change impact on household livelihood. Some key results achieved to date include:
  • Soil fertility and soil moisture enhancing practices—without the use of chemicals—have been practiced on all 173 acres of Climate Seed Knowledge farms where use of indigenous seeds has been revived;
  • Tree nursery groups in Sissala East District have germinated approximately 1,200 Acacia seedlings which will eventually reforest land and serve as a source of fuel wood;
  • Farmers in all communities have benefitted from climate change awareness and the use of participatory planning and analysis tools as a first step towards community-based climate adaptation action plans;
  • And smallholder farmers in 17 communities have received training by governmental agents on climate-smart agricultural practices.

Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience: Expanding Climate Change Resilience

Canada’s Total Contribution: $2,104,461

Targeted Countries: Ghana

Funding Period: 2012/2013

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

Through the $23.2 million Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience, Canada provided support to address the urgent need of over 50,000 women and men smallholder farmers, 17 farm organizations as well as non-governmental organizations and private companies to understand the causes and effects of climate change and to implement measures to ensure sustainable access to food and livelihoods.

Results/Expected Outcomes

With support from Canada's contribution, this project worked towards increasing the capacity of women and men in targeted community structures, districts and regional organizations to adapt to climate change. Key results achieved to date include:
  • Community Livestock Workers have been trained and equipped
  • Training on tree growing and the provision of tree seedlings is complete
  • Risk, Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (RVCAs) have been conducted and community climate change adaptation plans have been completed and submitted to District Assemblies
  • Regional organizations have been trained on gender-responsive climate change adaptation methodologies and tools

African adaptation Research Centres Climate Change Adaptation Research and Capacity Development in Ghana

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,399,000

Targeted Countries: Ghana

Funding Period: 2010/2011

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This contribution is part of Canada's $10 million Fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support the African Adaptation Research Centres Initiative. This project provided support to extend the knowledge base in terms of how poor urban coastal populations in the Ga Machie area of Ghana are adapting to climate change, with a particular focus on impacts to livelihoods, food security, and health. It also aims to build local capacity for developing efficient and appropriate adaptive processes.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Canada’s contribution to this initiative supported various research activities. One of the primary research components for this project was to assess climate impacts on health, looking specifically at malaria prevalence. Preliminary findings from two studies show that malaria prevalence increases with rainfall. For the food security component of the project, researchers are assessing the impacts of coastal inundation, shoreline retreat and erosion, and attendant effects on the fishing industry. The project is supporting Masters and PhD students and fieldwork is being integrated into the curriculum. For example, students are modeling the impact of sea-level rise on groundwater salinity levels in the Accra metropolitan area.

Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods Transformation in Northern Ghana

Canada’s Total Contribution: $6,546,893

Targeted Countries: Ghana

Funding Period: 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This project’s objective is to addresses the constraints that prevent smallholder farmers in Northern Ghana from producing sufficient food to feed themselves and generate revenue in addition to becoming resilient to unexpected events such as droughts. It aims to offer transformative and sustainable solutions that address the root causes behind the lack of access to sufficient, nutritious food and the vulnerability to food shortages in the northern regions, while also promoting community and household resilience to external shocks and stresses.

Results/Expected Outcomes

Expected activities include practical training for 21,000 smallholder farmers and service providers in sustainable cropping practices, livestock production, aquaculture, and water management. In addition, tools and services will be provided to 150 communities, including technical assistance in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management practices, to improve productivity. Other activities include strengthening and promoting gender-responsive systems of agricultural extension and support, and improving access for 21,000 smallholder famers to high-value markets in selected agricultural and non-agricultural sub-sectors.

Results achieved to date have contributed to enhanced food security and resilience for poor men and women smallholder farmers and their households in Northern and Upper East Ghana, through increases in increased agricultural production and incomes/assets. For example, 3,795 animal farmers (68% women) and 300 fish farmers (60% women) were trained on appropriate and sustainable crop, animal and aquaculture management practices, while more than 7,000 farmers (about 70% women) received inputs, such as seeds and equipment. In addition, through a competitive process, a local information and communication service for agricultural markets, ESOKO, was selected to provide market information and messaging services including weather forecasts.

Linking Initiatives, Stakeholders and Knowledge for Livelihood Security

Canada’s Total Contribution: $3,118,283

Targeted Countries: Bolivia Ethiopia Ghana Mali

Funding Period: 2012/2013, 2013/2014

Delivery Partner(s):

  • CARE Canada

Description

This project focused on food security and nutrition as well as enterprise and economic development. It aimed to improve livelihood security and resilience of 246,216 vulnerable people, with a special emphasis on women and girls.

This project demonstrates Canada’s dedication to climate change action in developing countries. The program worked with government and local NGO partners using a variety of strategies to improve and augment the productive assets they have available to them in an environmentally sustainable way, in order to reduce their vulnerability and increase their ability to cope with inevitable set-backs and shocks.

Results/Expected Outcomes

This program was a multi-country initiative designed to improve the livelihood security and resilience of vulnerable women, girls, men and boys in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Mali. Each targeted country implemented its own project, based on the program’s outcomes and existing development plans and/or structures in the targeted regions. In Mali, the Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Segou (IFONS) capitalized on the already established relations with community health centres. In Ghana, the Promise project responded directly to one of the national development agenda’s strategy, which calls for promoting economic empowerment of women. In Ethiopia, the Abdishe initiative was specifically designed to provide alternative pathways towards graduation from the Government’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP). In Bolivia, Tukuy Yanapana (TY) responded to the identified needs and strategies laid out in CARE Bolivia’s Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security program. The project is now completed and has achieved or surpassed most of its objectives for food security, nutrition and enterprise development.

Activities in the project’s three African countries emphasized building the capacities and asset-base of smallholder farmers, primarily women farmers, to mitigate climate-change related risks including rainfall variability, increased water scarcity, loss of soil fertility and pests. Through the promotion of climate resilient agriculture techniques and increasing access to productive assets in Mali, Ghana and Ethiopia, a total of 19,565 women and 15,760 men benefited directly from interventions that aimed to increase the resilience of their communities in the face of climate change.

Food Security Through Cooperatives in Northern Ghana

Canada’s Total Contribution: $2,312,621

Targeted Countries: Ghana

Funding Period: 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This project seeks to ensure that poor smallholder farmers and their families in Northern Ghana have enough nutritious food to eat throughout the year. It aims to help smallholder farmers increase the amount of food they produce and receive a good price for their crops. The project also works with farmers’ cooperatives to provide farmers with training in cultivating alternative crops, marketing, and business management. Through the cooperatives, the project also incorporates climate resilience strategies such as helping farmers gain access to drought-resistant seed varieties, tools, and crop storage facilities, contributing to the sustainability of outcomes.

Results/Expected Outcomes

To date, this project has contributed to increased economic stability and a higher level of gender equitable economic productivity in target communities. For example, there have been advances towards the aim of increased agricultural productivity, with a total of 3,060 farmers (1,769 men and 1,291 women) growing climate resistant varieties of soya beans in eight districts, representing 51% (57% men and 44% women) of total members of farmer co-ops. Significant progress has also been made in bridging hunger gaps by increasing food and nutrition security for traditionally lean seasons.

Improving Food Security and Nutrition for Vulnerable People in Northern Ghana

Canada’s Total Contribution: $20,000,000

Targeted Countries: Ghana

Funding Period: 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Delivery Partner(s):

Description

This project aims to improve food security and provide nutrition support for up to 544,000 vulnerable people in Northern Ghana. The project also seeks to increase the supply of locally produced nutritious foods for school meals and provide nutrition support to vulnerable groups. This project also demonstrates Canada’s dedication to climate change action in developing countries, by assisting people in communities vulnerable to climate shocks to earn a sustainable living.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include increased equitable utilization of sufficient quantity and quality food for children going to school; reduced under-nutrition among pregnant and lactating women, children under five, and people living with HIV; and enhanced livelihood and resilience of vulnerable households/communities to manage extreme weather events and risks.

Results achieved to date have contributed to the improvement of food security and access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food for the most vulnerable in Northern Ghana.

As part of the project, 11,638 people benefitting from training on climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, which helped to improve households' resilience to climate shocks. 20,993 food insecure households also received compensation for their participation in the implementation of climate change adaptation activities such as the construction and rehabilitation of dams/dug outs. This enabled the households to purchase food to meet their dietary requirements, particularly during the hunger season.

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