Farmer-Perceived Effects of Climate Change on Livelihoods in Wa West District, Upper West Region of Ghana

Kusakari, Yasuko, Asubonteng, Kwabena Owusu, Jasaw, Godfred Seidu, Dayour, Frederick, Dzivenu, Togbiga, Lolig, Victor, Donkoh, Samuel A., Obeng, Francis Kwabena, Gandaa, Bizoola and Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Gordana, (2014). Farmer-Perceived Effects of Climate Change on Livelihoods in Wa West District, Upper West Region of Ghana. Journal of Disaster Research, 9(4), 516-528

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    Author Kusakari, Yasuko
    Asubonteng, Kwabena Owusu
    Jasaw, Godfred Seidu
    Dayour, Frederick
    Dzivenu, Togbiga
    Lolig, Victor
    Donkoh, Samuel A.
    Obeng, Francis Kwabena
    Gandaa, Bizoola
    Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Gordana
    Title Farmer-Perceived Effects of Climate Change on Livelihoods in Wa West District, Upper West Region of Ghana
    Appearing in Journal of Disaster Research
    Volume 9
    Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2014
    Place of Publication Japan
    Publisher Fuji Technology Press
    Start page 516
    End page 528
    Language English
    Abstract

    The effects of climate change on people’s livelihoods are perceived differently across various localities. It is imperative to examine how farmers understand the effects of climate change on their livelihoods. Their viewpoints can help create strategies for responding to climate and ecosystem changes in an appropriate and practical manner. Such perceptions are insufficiently understood in theWa West District of the Upper West Region of Ghana, despite the increasing frequency and magnitude of climate change’s effects. This paper first examines farmers’ perceptions about climate change in their communities in relation to available, conventional climate information. It also assesses farmers’ livelihood activities during both the wet and dry seasons in the district and discusses the area’s proneness to floods, droughts, and other types of climate change phenomena. This assessment reveals the challenges faced by the farmers in the study area and the opportunities to enhance their livelihoods.

    Keyword Climate change
    Farmers
    Perceptions
    Livelihoods
    Upper west region
    Ghana
    Copyright Holder Fuji Technology Press
    Copyright Year 2014
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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