ASSAR West Africa team engaged district and national level stakeholders at events in Mali and Ghana

ASSAR West Africa team engaging stakeholders in dialogue on the regional diagnostic study and taking action for moving into regional research phase

The Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) West Africa team has held district and national level stakeholder engagement events in both Mali and Ghana.

In Ghana
A district level event was held from from 22nd to 23rd of July and included participants from the Lawra and Nandom districts in northwestern Ghana. The purpose was to introduce participants to the major findings of the West Africa regional diagnostic study (RDS) and to give them the opportunity to give feedback on the findings of the RDS through corrections, additions and recommendations. The participants included representatives from farmers groups, civil service, civil society groups and the traditional council.

The one-day Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR): National level dialogue and RDS Dissemination Workshop held on the 29th July, 2015 in Accra, Ghana brought together diverse stakeholders from academia as well as civil society organizations. Also present were students working on the ASSAR project. The aim of this workshop was to introduce participants to the major findings of the West Africa RDS and to provide a platform to validate findings which will help transition the project to the regional research programme (RRP) phase.

In Mali
A district level Regional Diagnostic Study (RDS) dissemination event was held in Koutiala, Mali in July, 2015. The aim of this event was to share the RDS findings with local stakeholders, and to accommodate stakeholder comments and suggestions as the ASSAR team prepares to transition from the RDS phase to the next regional research phase of ASSAR. Find more information on this event here.

A national level RDS dissemination event was also held in Mali in September. More information on that event will be available soon.

Field visit to the Nandom district in the Upper West Region of Ghana

Moving Forward
Two PhD students, four Masters students, and two technical officers from the Ghana group of the ASSAR West Africa team undertook a two and half day field visit to Lawra and Nandom districts in the Upper West Region from the 16th to the 18th of September, 2015. This forms the first field visit in the second phase of the ASSAR project- the Regional Research Phase phase. The trip served as a reconnaissance survey to enable students to identify study areas for their research work. Also, it sought to assist students in familiarizing themselves with local stakeholders and the communities they will be working with. More information will be available as the RRP phase progresses.

To learn more about ASSAR, visit our program page, or contact Mary Thompson-Hall (mthompson-hall@start.org).