Poor rural households, whose livelihoods depend predominantly on agriculture and natural resources, will bear a disproportionate burden of adverse impacts of climate change (Satapathy et al. 2011, Mendelsohn et al. 2007, Kates 2000) and thus should be the focus of adaptation interventions. In order to enable practical adaptation at the grassroots level, it is vital that systems for information and knowledge sharing between scientists, policymakers and community institutions at the local level exist and function well (Mishra 2012);
Ghana Trade and Livelihoods Coalition(GTLC) is establishing presence in an INTEGRATED and COLLABORATED manner in deprive rural communities in Ghana .This collaboration will build key partnerships with community based farmers, women organisations, international stakeholders and local public institutions to ADVOCATE,provide KNOWLEDGE, EMPOWER and MOBLISE local communities to participate in a conscious process of incorperating potent indigenous knowledge into modernl and scientific mitigation strategies through training,application and knowledge sharing.This blend of indigenous and modern strategies are then translated into usable knowledge and applied on Crop and Livestock management and restoration of degraded lands which are the major occupations and vulnerability areas interms of climate change impact on the people in the project area. This will add value to the development of sustainable climate change mitigation and adaptation that are rich in local content,that will increase production and yeild thereby reducing rural poverty even within a changing climate whiles mitigating its impact on the environment.
The COALITION has identified and profiled small holder farmers in project catchment area.10,000 rural poor farmers is the targeted within 3000 deprived communities in all regions of Ghana within ten years