Info Note: Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Activity II in Ghana: Climate change mitigation co-benefits from sustainable intensification of maize, soybean and rice
Uwe Grewer, Louis Bockel, Julie Nash, Gillian Galford
This info note provides an overview of the Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Activity (ADVANCE) II project. Funded by USAID, ADVANCE II is a 4.5-year in the Upper East, Upper West, and Northern Regions of Ghana. The goal of the project is to scale up private sector investment in the maize, rice and soybean value chains to achieve greater food security among the rural population in northern Ghana while increasing competitiveness in domestic commodity markets. ADVANCE II focuses on increasing the productivity of production systems, increasing access to markets and trade for smallholder farmers, and strengthening and building local capacity. Included in the info note is information on ADVANCE II, low emissions development, the agricultural and environmental context in Ghana and information on agricultural practices that impact GHG emissions and carbon sequestration.
An analysis of the potential climate change mitigation impact of ADVANCE II shows that there is possibility for an approximate reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 100%. When project targets are achieved, ADVANCE II will transform the project area from a low net source of GHG emissions to roughly carbon neutrality. ADVANCE II is estimated to achieve moderate GHG mitigation benefits that are driven by soil management improvements, crop residue burning reductions and alternate wetting and drying of irrigated rice. ADVANCE II provides important benefits for low emission development (LED) by significantly reducing the crop GHG emission intensity (GHG emissions per unit of production). This is achieved mainly through strong growth in agricultural productivity and reductions in post-harvest losses.
Download File 1.03 MB