The Ghana model for enhancing resilience to climate and ecosystem changes in Semi-arid Africa has been outdoored. This was done at a workshop organized by the Kazuhiko Takeuchi Center for Sustainability and Resilience (KTCSR) of the University for Development Studies and held on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

The workshop was organized as part of the climate and ecosystem  change adaptation research in Semi-arid Africa (CECAR- AFRICA) project-  a five year international collaboration project for climate and ecosystem  change adaptation and resilience research involving three thematic areas; forecast of climate and ecosystem change impact on agro- diversity, risk assessment of extreme weather hazards and development of adaptative resource management method, and implementing capacity development  programmes for local residents and professionals.

Delivering his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of UDS, Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye noted that Japan had made giant strides as a development partner in many aspects of Ghana’s development agenda especially in the areas of agriculture and rural development, education, health, infrastructure and most recently, research on building resilience in Africa through JICA. He added that “I am aware of the various capacity building of our staff which is impacting on their teaching and research output, the building of the capacity of the communities to improve their resilience and sustainability in climate related negative effects, equipment installed at weather stations geared towards early warning and the development of the Ghana model which is expected to be upscaled to other African countries.” 

For his part a former Under- Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science of the University of Tokyo, Prof Kazuhiko Takeuchi was grateful to the Japanese Ambassador and UDS management for their unwavering support and expressed optimism that the collaboration with Ghanaian institutions would further be deepened especially for purposes of research for the benefit of the two countries and the world at large.

The training sessions were facilitated by Dr. Osamu Saito, Dr. Godfred Seidu Jasaw and Dr. Yaw Agyeman Boafo.  Others include Dr. Richard Yeboah and Ing. Dr. Shaibu Abdul- Ganiyu. Also present were Prof. Gordana Kranjac- Berisalvjevic, Director of UDS International and Dr. Francis Obeng, Director of the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme.

Source: University Relations.