Insufficient data for social intervention programs

Climate change adversely affects the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Ghana. However, development agencies have insufficient data on who and where farmers are, what crops they grow and how they are adapting to climate challenges. Gathering this information makes it possible to design better social intervention programs to help farming communities and promote sustainable development goals.

Accurate and timely agric information for farmers

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is collaborating with Esoko, GSS, NADMO and MoFA, to help improve farmer resilience to climate change through access to accurate and timely data and information. To this end, Esoko is providing 1200 farmers across 10 districts in the Upper West, Bono and Bono East regions with climate smart agronomic practices via voice-SMS and call centre in their local languages. This is to help strengthen the knowledge and capacity of farmers to adopt climate-change resilient agronomic practices, make quality economic decisions and implement sustainable agricultural practices.

Monitoring and tracking the project

To establish a baseline to help measure impact at the end of the project, Esoko is surveying 600 farmers on their demographics, productivity, and adaptation to climate change. A quarterly telephone survey is also being conducted as a monitoring tool to assess how farmers are using this information to mitigate challenges. All data gathered during the project is transferred to GSS in and partners in real-time via Esoko’s Community Management Platform for analysis and addition to the SDG database.