The EU-Resilience Against Climate Change (EU-REACH) project has on October 30, 2020 engaged and updated journalists in the Upper West Region on the status of implementation of the project.
The REACH project which is one part of the European Union Ghana Agriculture Programme, EUGAP has been in operation since 2017. REACH started in January 2019 and will run until the end of 2024.
It is being implemented on behalf of the EU by the GIZ/Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew) with additional funding from the German Government.
The project under its infrastructure component will construct a three (3) road packages totaling 658kms across the eleven (11) districts of the Upper West Region as well as boreholes and irrigation dams in about 200 communities in the Upper West, Savannah and North East Regions.
The Project Manager, Jasmin Martson in a statement at the stakeholder engagement said the REACH Project seeks to address the consequences of climate change and environmental degradation on rural livelihoods in the northern savannah ecological zone.
He added that “the project adopts a gender-sensitive approach in helping communities to adopt and sustain climate smart agricultural practices and to assist District Planning Coordination Units in the development of environmentally sound medium term development plans that contribute to the realization of Ghana’s international commitment to the Paris Agreement on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.’’
James Martson advanced that the engagement seeks to update the journalists on the REACH Project since its inception, with special emphasis on its embeddedness within the broader European Union Ghana Agricultural Programme (EUGAP) and to allow for inputs for better collaboration.
In his address at the occasion, the Upper West Regional Coordinating Director Gilbert Nuuri-teg commended the European Union and GIZ through the Resilience Against Climate Change (REACH) project for their exemplary role in mitigating climate change in the region and the country at large.
He indicated that the establishment of the Tree Crops Authority by President Akufo Addo coupled with efforts of stakeholders and partners like REACH will certainly help diversify and promote best and sustainable practices in the agricultural sector, thereby impacting positively on the incomes of farmers.