Climate change confab on Africa opens in Accra

Prof. Aryeetey (middle) interacting with Nezha Alaoui Hammdi. With them include Nana Kyeretwie Osei (left). Photo: Seth Adu Agyei.

Prof. Aryeetey (middle) interacting with Nezha Alaoui Hammdi. With them include Nana Kyeretwie Osei (left). Photo: Seth Adu Agyei.

The 5th Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa opened in Accra yesterday, with a call on researchers in Africa to coordinate their studies, to help tackle global climate change challenges.

Professor Ernest Aryeetey, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana (UG,) Legon, who made the call, stressed that researchers in African universities should not focus on their countries, but to include other regions.

He said climate change, which was exacting a great toll on the global community, had no limitation and affected all countries.

The three-day international programme being organised by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), was on the theme “Building Bridges and Research-Into-Use.

It is being sponsored by the International Development Research Centre of Canada and Climate Change Working Group of the University of Ghana.

Climate Change Resource Centre-Ghana has been inaugurated by Nana Kyeretwie Osei, Policy Officer of the Directorate of Citizens and Diaspora Organisations of the African Union Commission (AUC)as part of the initiative.

Prof. Aryeetey said the conference was in line with the objective of transforming the UG into a research-based institution to provide solutions for developmental challenges.

The conference, Prof Ayeetey said was helping shape the debate on climate.

The Director of RIPS, Prof Samuel Codjoe, said the conference was initiated five years ago by RIPS, to serve as a platform for research scientists, politicians and civil society organisations to share experiences towards the mitigation of climate change challenges.

He was being attended by participants from Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda and United States of America, to discuss research being conducted on climate change in Africa.

The Ambassador of Morocco to Ghana, Madam Nezha Alaoui M. Hammdi, said climate change was affecting agriculture development in Africa.

He cited that climate change was affecting the rainfall pattern and rural dwellers, who depended on rain-fed agriculture, were losing their livelihoods.

Madam Hammdi entreated African countries to initiate strategies to sustain agriculture, which accounted for 50 per cent of their export.

Topics discussed at the programme were “The Indigenous Perspective of Climate Change and its effects on output of Small-scale farmers in Northern Ghana,”  “Vulnerability to Climate Change,” “Climate Change and Policy Mainstreaming” and “Climatic and Disaster Risks”.

By Kingsley Asare & Antoinette Deku

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