Climate change adaptation in rural Ghana: Indigenous perceptions and strategies

Patrick Cobbinah, George Kwadwo Anane

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Abstract

In Ghana, the agricultural sector is climate-dependent and susceptible to threatening impacts of climate change, yet, little is known about climate change adaptation in rural farming communities. This article examines the effects of, and local adaptation response to, climate change in rural farming communities in the Jaman North District of Ghana. Using meteorological data, changes in rainfall and temperature over the past 30 years were analyzed. In addition, social research methods were used to analyse interviews and household survey data on climate change impacts on, and adaption responses of rural communities. Results showed that the changing weather patterns, in the form of erratic rainfall and increasing temperatures, have become an additional burden to rural farming communities who are already faced with limited level of mechanization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalClimate and Development
Volume8
Issue number2
Early online date2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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