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Projects with partners - Ghana (9)

  • (CP) Planning and evaluating ensembles of small, multi-purpose reservoirs for the improvement of smallholder livelihooods and food security: tools and procedures

    Major Research Domain: small multi-purpose reservoir ensemble planning Goal: To maintain water related ecosystem services, the long-term sustainability of local water supplies, and adequate downstream flows. To improve food security at the houshold level and incease sustainable livelihoods.

  • Cassava as an industrial commodity - improving access to knowledge on approaches and options for expanding markets for cassava

    Objectives: New knowledge is generated and promoted into how national innovation systems can be mobilised to sustain uptake and adoption of CPH knowledge for the benefit of the poor. Background: Research in Ghana has shown that conversion of cassava into products for the food, plywood, paperboard, textile and pharmaceutical industries contributes significantly to rural livelihoods. Innovative public-private sector partnerships were used to establish a market chain from producer to end-user, and an institutional framework to support market development and manage uptake of knowledge. This project supports integration of these concepts into the national system so as to ensure sustainable support for market development, and to influence institutional thinking on future agro-industrial initiatives. In addition, these concepts will be introduced in Zambia where cassava is considered a national priority.

  • GLOWA-Volta: Sustainable Water Use under Changing Land Use, Rainfall Reliability, and Water Demands in the Volta Basin

    The central objective of the proposed GLOWA project is the analysis of the physical and socio-economic determinants of the hydrological cycle, and based on this the development of a scientifically sound decision support system for the assessment, sustainable use and development of water resources in the Volta Basin. Integration of climatic, ecological and socio-economic factors and correlations with respect to the hydrologic cycle is the main scientific challenge. The GLOWA Volta project applies a multi-disciplinary methodology. Early on in the project, new tools for interdisicplinary observations, data gathering, and modeling were developed in small teams consisting of scientists with different disciplinary backgrounds such as meteorology, hydrology, soil science, economy and law.

  • Integrated pest management of maize stem- and cob-borer in Western Africa

    Major Research Domain: integrated pest management, maize stem- and cob-borer, biological control, Mussidia ssp., habitat management Goal: Improved food security in western Africa through more effective and environmentally rational management of maize pests

  • Maximising impact of food safety knowledge of street vended and informally vended foods generated by CPHP projects in West and Southern Africa using the coalition approach and extending the approach to India

    Objectives: New knowledge is generated and promoted into how national and regional innovation systems can be mobilised to sustain uptake and adoption of CPH knowledge for the benefit of the poor. Background: Previous CPHP projects have sought to improve livelihoods of street and informal food vendors and the health of consumers through the coalition approach. This project will bring together coalitions in Ghana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and develop a new one in Kolkata, India. It will explore ways of strengthening and improving the sustainability of the coalitions using the knowledge management concept, so that information is utilised more effectively by the partnerships. Packages will be developed that document the food safety management approach developed by the coalitions. Similarly, packages will be developed that document how coalitions were developed and maintained.

  • Participatory breeding of superior, mosaic disease-resistant cassava: enhancing uptake

    Objectives: Benefits for poor people generated by application of new knowledge on crop protection to annual and herbaceous crops in Forest Agriculture production systems. Background: In a collaborative project with PSRP, about 2,000 cassava seedlings from superior, CMD-resistant parents have been grown amongst three communities of Ghanaian cassava farmers. A process was validated whereby farmers and a multidisciplinary team of scientists collaborated together throughout the initial seedling generation and just four subsequent clonal generations to select out 39 superior diseases-resistant clones acceptable to all three groups of participants. The criteria for each were recorded throughout this process. Although yield was important to the farmers, qualitative criteria were also important. Disease resistance was selected for during this process. This is the first time the latter has been reported during participatory breeding and contradicts the concept that diseases are less 'apparent' to farmers than, for example, insect feeding damage.

  • Preventing and containing trypanocide resistance in the cotton zone of West Africa (Phase II)

    Goal: To protect and improve the sustainable livelihoods of resource-poor livestock keepers in agro-pastoral production systems Purpose: To enhance the current and future efficacy of trypanocides as an effective component of improved integrated trypanosomosis control strategies

  • Re-thinking water storage for climate change adaptation for sub-Saharan Africa

    Goal: To improve livelihoods and increase resilience of rural poor in SSA vulnerable to climate change risks through better water storage mechanisms, improved investments and institutional support Purpose: To guide policy and investment decisions of international development agencies, state bodies, NGOs, private funding institutions and local authorities towards storage options and strategies that ensure optimal adaptation to CC-induced impacts on water availability in SSA

  • Safe food, fair food: Building capacity to improve the safety of animal-source foods and ensure continued market access for poor farmers in sub Saharan Africa

    Goal: The goal of the project is to contribute to poverty alleviation by protecting both the health of low-income consumers and livestock-based livelihoods of the poor through improved food safety of livestock products in domestic markets in east, west and southern Africa. Purpose: The purpose of the project is to establish capacity for the sustained promotion of risk-based approaches thus improving food safety and participation of the poor in informal markets for livestock products in sub Saharan Africa.