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The CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) has signed an agreement with the New Generation Plantains Technical Assistance (NGPTA) to support the latter’s “Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR)” project in the Atebubu and Wiase communities of the Bono East region of Ghana. At a meeting held on 8th February, 2023, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the two parties to begin the project.

The project seeks to empower farmers and build their skills and competencies in agroforestry and climate action. The ultimate goal is to develop local communities’ resilience, and to restore biodiversity and generate income for the farmers through the sale of the fruits and tree crops produce. FLR projects are co-designed and co-implemented with local communities and multiple stakeholders to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 (No poverty), 2 (Zero hunger), 8 (Decent work and economic growth), 12 (Response consumption and production), 13 (climate action) and 15 (Life on land).

NGP Technical Assistance (NGPTA), a company established by NGP and led by a group of NGP experts, provides practical support to companies, NGOs, communities, and others in developing and running projects that put the NGP concept into practice. It provides technical and practical support to restore degraded forest landscapes and build community resilience. NGP is currently working with landscape projects in Viet Nam, Laos, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, Brazil and Chile.

List of contributors: Dr. Maxwell Darko Asante, Bernard Sakyiamah, Dr. Eric Owusu Danquah, Enoch Bobie Agyemang.