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Title: HOUSEHOLDS’ COPING STRATEGIES IN DROUGHT-AND FLOOD-PRONE COMMUNITIES IN NORTHERN GHANA
Authors: Lolig, Victor
Donkoh, Samuel A
Obeng, Francis Kwabena
Ansah, Isaac Gershon Kodwo
Jasaw, Godfred Seidu
Kusakari, Yasuko
Asubonteng, Kwabena Owusu
Gandaa, Bizoola
Dayour, Frederick
Dzivenu, Togbiga
Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Gordana
Keywords: Climate
Change
Drought
Food
Coping
strategies
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Journal of Disaster Research
Series/Report no.: Vol 9;Issue 4
Abstract: This study seeks to explore stakeholders’ perceptions, causes, and effects of extreme climatic events, such as droughts and floods, in the Wa West District of Ghana’s Upper West Region. A multi-stage sampling procedure is used to select 184 respondents. Data collection methods include individual questionnaire administration,focusgroupdiscussions,andastakeholders’ forum in the Wa West District Assembly. While frequenciesareusedtoshowrespondents’perceptions of the severity of climate change effects, a treatmenteffect model is used to determine the factors influencing farmers’ choices of on-farm coping strategies over off-farm activities in both periods of drought and flood. Findings are the following: farmers perceive that climate change is real and has severe consequences. Consequently, they resort to both on-farm and off-farm strategies to cope with the effects of climate change. While men mostly adopt the former, women adopt the latter. Both strategies are, however, not viable for taking them out of poverty, though offfarm activities are more effective. Education and extension services are other important factors influencing the choice of coping strategies as well as farmers’ welfare. Farmersmustbesupportedwithmoreviable income-earningactivities,onesthatcantakethem out ofpoverty. Womenshouldbegivenpriority. Accessto educationandextensionservicesmust alsobe stepped up to facilitate the adoption of the coping strategies andtoincreasewelfare.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2179
ISSN: 18838030
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