Stakeholders endorse African Risk Capacity Drought Contingency Document

Participants at a day’s workshop have endorsed a draft document on African Risk Capacity (ARC) Drought Contingency Plan. The document, initially developed at an emergency workshop at Koforidua in the Eastern Region is expected to be submitted to the ARC’s Headquarters in two weeks.

The validation exercise which took place at the African Regent Hotel in Accra on Monday September 18, 2017, comprised stakeholders such as the Ministry of Finance, Ghana Statistical Service, Environmental Protection Agency, G-Met, the World Food Programme, National Insurance Commission, GIZ, Ministries of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Food and Agriculture, Local Government and Rural Development as well as the National Disaster Management Organisation amongst others.

Among presentations made at the workshop was the National Operational and Action Plan to provide drought risk insurance to targeted small holder farmers within the three (3) Northern Regions of Ghana through the African Risk Capacity Agency of the Africa Union.

Mr. Seji Saji, Deputy Director- General (Technical) on behalf of the Director-General of NADMO, commended the organizers for coming out with the document, adding NADMO was always prepared to support such exercises.
The Director in-charge of Climate Change Department of NADMO, Madam Charlotte Norman who welcomed the participants to the workshop, expressed appreciation to GIZ, ARC and other development partners for their support over the years.

Two groups of participants during an hour-long technical session facilitated by Eric Twum from the Ministry of Finance were made to discuss two main areas of the document, namely, ARC Risk Transfer Parameters and M&E Framework and Plan after which finishing touches were made and the document eventually endorsed.

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