Vice President Dr. Mahamudu has launched the Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project (GLSERP).
At the launch, he called on the chiefs and people of the five northern regions, especially farmers, to “own it” and ensure its success.
He explained that the $54.5 million GLSERP project seeks to mitigate the effects of climate change on the fragile ecosystem of the Northern Savannah Landscape as well as improve the shea value chain, especially for the hundreds of thousands of women engaged in the entire value chain.
He said the government has since 2017, supported scientific research on the shea plant geared towards making the shea a reliable income generating product.
‘This work, undertaken by the COCOBOD, has led to important breakthroughs, including reducing the gestation period of the shea plant from over 20 years to an average of 3 years,” he stated.