By Karbo Naaminong (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)
The Montpellier conference wanted to give a new impulse to climate-smart agriculture (CSA). It set out to strengthen the scientific community around CSA, contribute to the development of a global research agenda, update knowledge, and provide recommendations for policymakers. What follows are Dr. Karbo’s post-conference reflections.
Ghana has what it takes to be a member of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA). However, there is a need to create more awareness for much of the rest of West Africa to become members of the Alliance in order to benefit their agricultural development and food systems.
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) platform in Ghana, established in 2012 by a multi-stakeholder group, is hosted by the CSIR-Animal Research Institute.
As a scientist and chairman facilitating platform activities, I was among the over 750 participants at the 3rd CSA 2015 science conference held from 16-18 March in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Montpellier to share and learn our experiences.
I was, however, there early to participate in the CSA Knowledge Action Group workshop held on 15 March at Agropolis and before departure to Ghana, also participated in the gender seminar held in Paris on 19 March 2015. CCAFS sponsored my participation in all these meetings for which I am very thankful. In what follows, I share some of the experiences from a successful conference and workshop, particularly focusing on the discussions and reflection of Ghana being a member of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture.