Technological and Market Options for Managing Climate Change Induced Risks for Smallholder Farmers in Northern Ghana

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    Climate change is likely to affect (and is affecting) the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in many parts of Africa in a negative direction. African smallholders are particularly vulnerable to adverse changes in agro-climatic conditions due to low technological and economic capabilities and an unfavourable institutional and economic environment. This study aims to identify and analyse technological, institutional and policy strategies that can increase the capability of smallholders in northern Ghana to manage climate-change induced risks threatening their livelihoods, thereby reducing vulnerability. This will be achieved through analysing the impacts of climate change on cereal-based farming systems and food markets in northern Ghana. Biophysical and economic models will be developed and used to evaluate the trade-offs and effects of technological and market changes or innovations on farm household resource use, agro-ecosystem sustainability, and household welfare. The results will be used to suggest measures and policies to enhance adaptive capacity and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change.
    This project is supported by the Danida Fellowship Centre.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date01/01/201231/12/2017