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Title: FARMERS’ LIVELIHOODS AND WELFARE IN THE WA WEST DISTRICT, UPPER WEST REGION OF GHANA
Authors: Donkoh, Samuel A.
Ansah, Isaac Gershon Kodwo
Adzawla, William
Amfo, Bismark
Keywords: Diversification
Livelihoods
Two-stage least squares
Welfare
Ghana
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer
Abstract: This paper examines the socioeconomic determinants of farmer livelihood diversification and its effects on welfare. We selected 184 farmers in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region of Ghana through a comprehensive, multistage process based on agro-ecological, engineering, and socioeconomic resilience/vulnerability profiles. A simultaneous equation model was estimated using the two-stage least squares method. The results suggest that the number of livelihood activities is highest for female farmers, relatively young farmers, farmers with little or no formal education, farmers with large families, and richer/wealthier farmers. On the other hand, welfare is highest for older farmers, female farmers, farmers with little or no formal education, farmers with small family size, and farmers with higher number of livelihood activities. Thus, despite the fact that younger and large-sized families engage in more livelihood activities, they have relatively low welfare. Therefore, these categories of farmers should be targeted for policy interventions. However, in general, we recommend the promotion of more livelihood activities to increase the welfare of farmers. These livelihood activities should not be vulnerable to the adverse effects of climatic factors.
Description: A chapter in a book entitled ''Strategies for Building Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa''
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2440
ISBN: 9789811047961
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