The Center for Ecological Agricultural and Livelihoods (CEAL) is a registered local NGO that works to support vulnerable communities in Northern Ghana to overcome poverty, disease and hunger through education, agri-business enterprises and other livelihoods initiatives.
Driven by the prevailing vagaries of under-development, slow socio-economic transformation, coupled with highly entrenched poverty and unsustainable nature of agricultural production practices, a group of smallholder farmers formed a farmer-based organization (FBO) that was later transformed into a non-governmental organization, focusing on studying, modelling and developing strategies to support small holder family farming groups and associations in the northern Ghana. Currently CEAL provides support to 88 farmers based organizations, groups and associations in three Districts, namely, West Mamprusi, Mamprugu Moaduri and Talinsi Districts in Northern Ghana.
Using proven eco-friendly technologies, CEAL supports smallholder farmer networks, cooperatives and groups to increase crop and livestock yields in northern Ghana. CEAL focuses on conservation agricultural initiatives, organic farming measures and other forms of climate smart agricultural technology transfer as a tool/means of achieving food security, sustained income generation and poverty reduction among small holder farmers in the northern Ghana.
Recognizing that agricultural sector is the major driver of poverty reduction in northern Ghana, CEAL empowers farmers to ensure sustainable agricultural productivity with a focus on improving agro-ecological habitats and ecosystems. CEAL seeks to strengthen and support risk reduction and vulnerability mitigation associated with climate change. CEAL ensures that its interventions and activities are aligned with the national policies of poverty reduction, food security, sustainable natural resource management and improved livelihoods development.