Planning for food: linking food security & water management to pro-poor housing development in Ghanaian cities

Country and location

Tamale, Ghana

DatesOctober 21 – November 2, 2019
Application deadline

August 21, 2019

Local partners

University of Development Studies, Department of Real Estate and Land



Alonso Ayala, Charmae Nercua, and Maartje van Eerd

This course is organised with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nuffic.

Target audience:

This course is intended for Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) and Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) alumni from Ghana and neighboring NFP/OKP countries. Alumni are allowed to invite colleagues, if well motivated and to a limited extent. This course is aimed at alumni whose current practice is related to the theme of the course. Female participation is strongly encouraged. The participants will be chosen based on their relevant professional backgrounds, strong motivation and high potential of prolonged development impact of the training.


The course aims to:
1. Understand the effects of rapid urbanization and its influence to food security and water management.
2. Understand rural-urban linkages in relationship to food security, water management and livelihoods.
3. Discuss and analyze the interrelatedness of food security, water management, and livelihoods.
4. Understand and analyze the gender implications of food security and water management in the context of
slums/poor communities though case study analysis.
5. Understand and apply the livelihood theory to women living in poor communities.
6. Understand the role of different actors in the attainment of sustainable community food systems.
7. Apply the knowledge gain in the action planning workshop.

Course Content:

Component 1: Theory Inputs are delivered through lectures and case study analysis. Theoretical inputs are delivered in the morning sessions only.

Module 1

  • Understanding urbanization trends and its influence to food security and management
  • Understanding rural-urban linkages and its inter-relatedness to food security, water management and livelihoods

Module Il

  • Sustainable Community Food systems: linking sustainable food production and analysing the role of women in the processing, distribution, consumption and water management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of vulnerable families living in poor communities.

Module III

  • Livelihood strategies of the poor: linking food security, income generation and poverty reduction in the context of West Africa
  • The livelihood theory and its application to women living in poor communities

Module IV

  • Slum upgrading, food security and water management: in-situ resettlement and physical, environmental, social and economic housing improvement of slums
  • Understanding and analysing the roles of different stakeholders in the attainment of sustainable community food systems

Component 2: Linking theory to practice

Workshop in Action Planning (AP): Introduction to the Workshop in Action Planning and execution of the six main steps to produce and action plan: 1) SWOT/Problem Analysis, 2) Stakeholder analysis, 3) SMART objective setting, 4)Force Field analysis, 5)Strategy development, 6) Scheduling and Action Plan. The workshop will take place during the afternoon sessions throughout the two weeks.

At the end of the first week participants will have the opportunity to present a case study from their own context. The end of the second week will concentrate in the presentation of the 4 action plans developed throughout the two weeks and the communication strategy to share the knowledge gained when returning to their work.

Expected Output:

The course has been designed to link theory to practice through a workshop on Action Planning (AP) where participants apply the knowledge acquired during sessions. Therefore it focuses on both knowledge and skills. Knowledge will be enhanced through lectures on the theories behind the AP steps. Skills are developed through the peer interaction during the workshop. Moderation and communication skills of the workshop process is part of the skill set that we intend to develop. The attainment of each one of the steps in AP is also a practical set of skills that participants will improve, especially because the intention is to divide groups in such a way that there are different expertise related to the theme, thus allowing for multi-disciplinary interaction. The anticipated outputs are:

  • 20 Participants exposed to international and local experiences in food security projects/programmes
  • 20 participants become acquainted with current theories and international and Ghanaian practices in slum interventions related to livelihoods, food security and water management.
  • 20 participants trained in Action Planning.
  • Priority participation of female participants in the course.
  • Peer-to-peer exchange through show casing practices from countries of origin and the diversity of participants (public and private sectors, NGOs, academia as well as expertise in urban and regional planning, housing, urban social development, economics, and policy-making).
  • At least four Action Plans linking slum upgrading to livelihoods strategies of the urban poor, with a focus on food security and water management submitted for sharing in the particular organizations of participants.

Language: All background and course materials will be delivered in English.

Admission requirements: A filled-up online application and a motivation statement expressing how the course will contribute to one’s professional development, and when applicable the link of past and/or current professional experience and academic research in one or more of the main themes of the course.