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I Info Notes

INTRODUCTION

Globally the picture on climate change and its effects on humanity appear quitedisturbing as food systems and consumption patterns are sliding towards low againstprediction values. In Ghana population expansion as a driver has quadrupled now andcalls for more food and fibre needs than ten decades ago (Karbo et al, 2015).The awareness of climate change on socio-economic development among developmentworkers, scientists and policy decision makers appears high though more attention hasbeen given to the search for biophysical solutions than the policy institutionalenvironment enabling their uptake.The CCAFS programme in West Africa coordinated by ICRISAT, Bamako involvingGhana, Mali and Senegal was able to set up national multi-stakeholder platforms forsharing information on climate change and related policy issues. The platforms alsoprovide a linkage mechanism between research, policy decision makers and communitylevel actors in order to positively influence climate change investments and projecttrajectory in agriculture with effective adaptive, resilient and mitigation outcomes at thefarmer level. The Ghana CCAFS Science –Policy Platform formation preceded with ameeting held in Burkina Faso in 2013 where a three member team from Ghana wasinvolved with subsequent drafting and submission of proposal in request for fundingleading to its establishment. The Ghana national climate change science policy platformas a multi-stakeholder institutional innovation came into being in 2013 with the supportof CCAFS West Africa, set out to bridge science-policy literacy gap at the national andsub-national levels.In 2014, Ghana through the collaborative efforts of the national Platform implementedCCAFS Flagship4 activities which sought to deepen interaction at all levels. Thisculminated into the establishment of platforms at Lawra, Jirapa and Nandom districtswith the view to strengthen climate change discourse, attitudinal change and actions atthat level while maintaining a vibrant functional linkage mechanism with the nationalplatforms for policy influence.An assessment of climate change policy and institutional context by Essegbey 2014, inthese three districts, revealed that large gap exists between the national and subnationallevels in terms of policy development and dissemination. The report identifiedweaknesses in harnessing societal grassroots inputs for policy formulation process andlack of awareness and knowledge about the policy especially in the decentralized levelsof society in these three districts (Essegbey 2014). This suggests that policy literacy isvery low and could pose challenge to effective implementation of the NCCP.The establishment of these platforms were necessary to help bridge the policy literacygap. Today, these platforms provide soft landing for research activities and projects such ASSAR project, Water and Land Ecosystem project etc. The platforms also provideinputs into the districts level development annual plans. Effective networking with otherlocal and international bodies have also been recognised.This info note seeks to give a process description of the scaling up of district science policy platforms in Ghana, the structures, the perceptions of the actors with particular reference to the platform, perceived functions, fears and organizational leadership diversities.

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