Bawumia launches $54.5 million climate change project to protect shea farming

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During the launch in Tamale on Friday, February 11, 2022, Vice President Bawumia said the Shea Landscape Project will be the second emission reduction program to be implemented under the REDD+ process in Ghana, after Ghana. Cocoa Forest REDD+, and focuses on northern landscapes that are currently undergoing rapid deforestation and degradation, including the loss of valuable shea trees.

“The GSLERP therefore offers a unique opportunity to engage on a larger scale in the commodity of shea and its by-products, which are important income-generating activities for more than 600,000 women and have grown in importance. as a preferred ingredient in the cosmetics and food industry globally,” he added.

Ghana is currently the fourth largest producer of shea in the world. I believe this project, if implemented successfully, will change that status with the planting of over 1.7 million shea trees over the 7 year project period..”

Since 2017, the government has supported scientific research on the shea plant aimed at making shea a reliable income-generating product. This work, undertaken by COCOBOD, has led to significant advances, including reducing the gestation period of the shea plant from more than 20 years to an average of 3 years, revealed the vice president.

It is in this context that the government committed in the 2022 budget statement to embark on projects and programs that will promote the cultivation of shea in the north, just like cocoa in the south, to transform local economies from the shea region.

“The implementation of the GSLERP is crucial. Indeed, the project addresses approximately nine Sustainable Development Goals, including goals on; no poverty, zero hunger, gender equality, economic growth, climate action and life on earth.

“This project will address firsthand the financial constraints of shea producers, ensure that gender equality prevails in shea production systems, promote the commercial development of shea agriculture among indigenous people, lead to a decrease in the deforestation and improve fire management covering nearly 500,000 hectares.”

The Ghana Shea Landscape Emissions Reduction Project is estimated to achieve 6.1 million tonnes of emission reductions and removals in the first seven years of the project life and 25 million tonnes of emission reductions over 20 years.

This can only be achieved when stakeholders are fully engaged in the project at all times through collective ownership,” Dr. Bawumia emphasized. “I therefore call on all actors and beneficiaries of the project in the 5 northern regions to work together to achieve this and strengthen the resilience of ecosystems.

“The government will continue to create a climate-responsive atmosphere through appropriate political, technical and financial commitments.

“I also implore everyone here to support this project and all other climate-related projects and programs in our communities. Finally, I call on all farmers, especially small-scale shea farmers and local communities, to take ownership of this program and contribute to its success. »

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor, has expressed the government’s gratitude to the chiefs for banning the harvesting of wood and burning it into charcoal, saying it will go a long way in the fight against change. climatic. His ministry, he assured, will also continue its aggressive reforestation programs

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