WANEP builds capacity of front line Peace Actors

Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA

Wa, July 18, GNA –
Northern Ghana, needs a certain culture of peace in order to derive maximum
gains from the numerous agriculture interventions being implemented in the

Creating this enabling
environment would require strengthening the peace-building mechanisms and
structures which, would lead to the adoption of meaningful and acceptable
procedures to control and manage land and other natural resources and their
related grievances.

Mr. Albert Yelyang,
National Network Coordinator for WANEP-Ghana said this when he addressed
participants during the opening of a two-day training for front line peace
actors in Wa.

He noted that
addressing these gaps in agriculture would require improving governance in the
sector which also would imply enabling a more peaceful environment for the
successful implementation of agriculture/wealth creation projects in Northern

For this reason, the
West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP-Ghana) is building the capacities
of local front line peace actors across the Northern, Upper East and the Upper
West Regions for them to help create the enabling environment for a successful
implementation of the Northern Ghana Governance Activity (NGGA) and its sister
interventions as well as the government flagship agriculture projects.

He explained that the
NGGA was born out of the realisation that in order to increase income and
wealth through agriculture in Northern Ghana, there was the need to address
some of the challenges and gaps in the sector.

Mr. Yelyang explained
that some of the front line peace actors in the NGGA peace crusade would be
responsible for monitoring and reporting early warning information to
WANEP-Ghana and the consortium, while some would perform Alternative Dispute
Resolution (ADR) roles in the District Grievance Management Teams (DGMTs) that
would be formed later.

Mr. Sulemana Alhassan,
the Upper West Regional Minister in a speech read on his behalf, acknowledged
that agricultural development efforts in Northern Ghana was faced with a number
of challenges including land-use and natural resource disputes.

He commended the USAID
and the consortium for implementing the NGGA with one of its four thematic
areas as peace and how they could effectively manage land-use and natural resource
conflicts for improved agriculture and food security in the three beneficiary

The training brought
together traditional authorities and institutions, civic institutions, faith
based groups, civil society, departmental heads, Regional and District Security
Committees and the media.

It was on the theme:
“Understanding the Operations of the Updated WANEP-Ghana’s Early Warning and
Response System for Dialogue and Mediation, and Natural Resource and Conflict

The NGGA is a
five-year USAID funded agriculture project being implemented by a consortium of
NGOs led by Care International in Ghana and partnered by ActionAid Ghana,
SEND-Ghana and WANEP-Ghana.


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