Ground Water Development and Sustainable Agriculture

Partner Institution(s): 
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Water Research Institute, Ghana
Hydronomics Ltd., Ghana
Center for Savannah Ecosystem Research, CESER, Ghana
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark
Aarhus University, Institute for Geoscience, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Dept. of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, Denmark
Start Date: 
January 1, 2015
End Date: 
December 31, 2019
Project Type: 
South driven projects
Project Code: 
Total grant: 
DKK 9,752,250
Contact : 
Sandow Mark Yidana

This project will strengthen research capacity in Ghana on hydrogeological research and develop an improved understanding of the groundwater resources in the White Volta Basin in Northern Ghana. A groundwater flow model will be developed to support quantitative assessments of the variations in groundwater budgets and the sustainability of groundwater resources development for large scale irrigation. The project will largely use historical data available with the local stakeholders in the area. Airborne geophysical data, collected during the extensive EU Mining Sector Support Program for the Voltaian Basin, will be utilized. The project will comprise close collaboration between research groups in Ghana and Denmark utilizing the respective strong expertise of each group such as: i) Danish researchers expertise on processing and inversion of airborne electromagnetic data for geological characterization and use in geological modelling and national scale groundwater
modelling and studies of climate change impacts on groundwater, and ii) Ghanaian researcher expertise on the local geology, hydrogeology, and field investigations.
Moreover, the project will include training of Ghanaian PhD students who will carry out part of the project work as part of their training. The results of these investigations, and the stakeholder involvement in scenario development, will culminate in participatory integrated assessment of piloted cost-effective, sustainable and resilient irrigation scheme which involves the application of groundwater resources in the area.


First-year report:
Objectives: Strengthen research capacity of the Ghana institutions; enhance long term collaborations between Danish and Ghanaian researchers; provide information for water resources management and agricultural planning; develop a decision support system for groundwater development and management; provide scientific basis for improved groundwater resources governance and management

Outputs: At least 3 professionals at the Ph.D. level will be trained; Enhanced coordination among project partners and stakeholders; A 3D geological model; transient groundwater model;Suggestions for revision of water governance regulation; Groundwater abstraction guidelines/suggestions

Outcomes: Further long-term Ghana-Denmark research collaborations; Enhanced Coordination among local stakeholders; application of similar techniques to areas in Ghana; improved understanding of the hydrogeology; Improved access to groundwater resource to meet subsistence needs; improved (evidence-based) groundwater management

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