About 1,000 men and women were inaugurated in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East region under the Landscapes and Environmental Agility across the Nation (LEAN) project to help conserve the environment. The LEAN project aims to contribute to national efforts to conserve biodiversity.
The project focuses on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, increasing climate change resilience, and reducing emissions from land use in the savannah, high forest, and transition zones of Ghana. This 5-year initiative is implemented by World Vision Ghana with funding from the European Union.
In collaboration with the Ghana National Fire Service, approximately 500 individuals were trained in fighting and preventing wildfires, while an additional 500 farmers were trained in biodiversity improvement.
Joseph Edwin Yelkabong emphasised the importance of the forum, stating that it became necessary because the 1,000 fire and lean farmers are volunteering to help escort the project. Hence, there is a need to duly recognize them and officially inaugurate them.
“The reason for today’s occasion is to recognize our fire volunteers and lean farmers we trained over the past years. From 2021 to now, we have trained 40 fire volunteers in each of our 25 communities, giving us a total of 1,000 fire volunteers and lean farmers. Today, we recognize them by providing certificates and T-shirts. Since this is a volunteer effort, not recognizing them means not motivating them enough.”
Speaking on behalf of the Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, Gerard Ataogye, District Chief Executive for Kassena-Nankana West, applauded the EU and World Vision Ghana for implementing the LEAN project in the region, particularly in the Kassena-Nankana West District.
According to the Minister, considering the nature of the project, it goes a long way toward conserving the environment and helping farmers in many ways.
Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure|Paga|