During the last couple of years, farmers of the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana complains of very erratic rainfall pattern. They were not the only ones complaining, reports across the nation indicated crop failures due to inadequate rainfall and erratic weather pattern. This meant, shortages of food and reduced income for farmers. The report from Atwima Kwanwoma is a reflection of the global picture.
Rainfall is inadequate, today, for farming, erratic and poorly distributed. Temperatures are rising causing soil to lose its water at a faster rate. However, farmers keep farming the same way and expect improved results. They slash and burn, plough and destroy the farmlands (probably unconsciously) in ways that are not sustainable.
Climate Smart Agriculture
When issues agriculture and climate change come up, we talk about climate smart agriculture. This, as the name implies, suggests sustainable ways of farming, addressing the effects of climate change. Farmers, get to improve yield while improving their farmlands for a longer period.
Climate smart agriculture is well discussed in these posts;
We dedicate this post to highlighting two major institutions that are championing the course of better and sustainable ways of farming.
1. Center for No-till Agriculture
Talking about climate-smart agriculture, Center for No-till Agriculture at Amanchia is one institution always mentioned. Lead by Dr Kofi Boa, the centre, over the years has exposed people to the ways and benefits of conservation agriculture. CNTA has trained thousands of farmers and students over the years on conservation agriculture. Significantly, we must note, this is a huge contribution to make sure food security, increase in income and continuous production of food for the people within the prevailing conditions of climate change.
In our quest to promote good and improved ways of agriculture, we highly endorse and recommend CNTA for all farmers to learn and improved ways of farming. The last time we checked they provided training for free. That is priceless. Take advantage.
Connect with CNTA on facebook @centerfornotill
Post thumbnail photo shows an overhead view the Center for No-till Agriculture at Amanchia.
2. Agrihome Expressions
This post is obviously published on Agrihome’s website. Agrihome, another organization who upholds the principles and benefits of conservation agriculture, following and learning from the steps of CNTA in that regard. Agrihome aims to produce healthy food adopting sustainable agricultural technologies. We believe in the collective contribution of all farmers, so, we have offered ourselves as a medium to also expose and educate other farmers on the need for a more sustainable approach to farming. Our blog, support forums, phone contacts, farms and organized training are ways to reach out to other farmers. We draw so much inspiration and experience from Dr Boa and co at CNTA.
There is the need to change or we cannot ensure food security and improved livelihood as conditions of climate prevail.