In the past few years, through research, workshops and engagement with a diverse set of stakeholders, the Ghana team of the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) program identified priority areas requiring concerted efforts to improve food security in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The team also identified the need to improve dissemination and education, and to bring in the climate change discussion new voices, particularly the younger generation in vulnerable communities.
To promote dialogue on climate and environmental issues and enhance the capacity of young people to identify and address local environmental problems, the Ghana team developed and held an intra- and interschools Climate Adaptation through Youth Innovation (CATYI) Competition for high schools in the Lawra and Nandom districts.
The CATYI Competition was implemented with support from START International as part of the Small Opportunities Grant (SOG) Award received under the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) programme. The SOGs are in recognition of the need to go beyond academic capacity building within ASSAR to do more to strengthen the capacities of those living and working in the ASSAR study sites.