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Title: Impacts of land tenure arrangements on the adaptive capacity of marginalized groups: The case of Ghana's Ejura Sekyedumase and Bongo districts.
Authors: Antwi-Agyei, Philip
Dougill, Andrew J.
Stringer, Lindsay C.
Keywords: Land tenure
Migrant farmers
Sub-Saharan Africa
Climate change and variability
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Land Use Policy
Citation: Land Use Policy, 49. 203 - 212; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.08.007
Abstract: Climate change and variability continue to adversely impact on the livelihoods of many, especially agriculture-dependent households, in dryland sub-Saharan Africa. Climate vulnerability is shaped by institutions and socioeconomic processes including land tenure arrangements and infrastructural development. This paper employs a participatory mixed-method approach including household questionnaire surveys, key informant interviews, oral narratives and focus group discussions to understand the dynamics of livelihood challenges in 6 dryland farming communities of different vulnerability status in Ghana. Whilst acknowledging the importance of socioeconomic and environmental processes in influencing climate vulnerability in dryland farming systems, this paper demonstrates how the complex land tenure system is implicitly involved in shaping the vulnerability of two groups of farmers – migrant farmers in the Ejura Sekyedumase District and female farmers in the Bongo District – by limiting the adaptation options available to these two groups. Our results suggest that women’s rights regarding land ownership should be formalised in land policy in order to reduce cultural discriminations against women. This highlights that opportunities for women to own and formalise land registration titles should be pursued by the Government of Ghana. This will help women to secure property rights over land and use via mechanisms such as collateral to access credit that could be used to implement climate adaptation practices. The rights of migrant workers should also be recognised in Ghana’s land policy to provide them with opportunities for adaptation in a similar manner to non-migrants. This paper demonstrates that smallholder farmers’ vulnerability to climate variability and change is shaped by various socio-political and environmental factors. It is, therefore, further recommended that climate change adaptation policies should also consider the broader socioeconomic and environmental factors that could hinder the smallholder farmer’s ability to implement various adaptation measures.
Description: An article published in Land Use Policy, 49. 203 - 212; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.08.007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11582
ISSN: 0264-8377
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