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Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol.6, No.3, Sep. 2020, Pub. Date: Jun. 29, 2020
Climate Change Impacts: An Appraisal of Women Crop Farmers in the Central Region of Ghana
Pages: 147-155 Views: 143 Downloads: 54
Authors
[01] Barbara Baidoo, Department of Social Sciences, St. Ambrose College of Education, Wamfie, Ghana.
[02] Daniel Kwame Emilio, Department of Social Sciences, Bia Lamplighter College of Education, Sefwi Debiso, Ghana.
[03] Francis Nyantakyi, Department of Social Sciences, Enchi College of Education, Enchi, Ghana.
[04] Emmanuel Brew, Department of Social Sciences, St. Joseph’s College of Education, Bechem, Ghana.
[05] Vida Amankwaah Kumah, Department of Social Sciences, Agogo Presbyterian, Asante Akyem Agogo, Ghana.
[06] Shani Osman, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Tumu College of Education, Tumu, Ghana.
Abstract
Women are essential contributors to the food basket of the Ghanaian economy. This study was centred on the level of adaptive capacity of women crop farmers in the Agona West Municipality in the Central Region of Ghana. The research approach employed for this study was survey method. The target population for the study was 291 which were sampled based on Krejcie and Morgan’s (1970) table for determining sample size out of 1200 women crop farmers in the Agona municipality. The main tool used for data collection was questionnaires, through open and closed ended questions from women farmers in the Agona Swedru, Nkum, Abodom, Bobikuma, Nyakrom and Ostenkorang communities. The researchers applied statistical analysis to the data collected from the field through the use of questionnaire in the study. A vulnerability index was developed using indicators from the Human Development Index (HDI). The study revealed that, access to weather information which increases adaptive capacity was not accessible by all and this also leads to a reduced adaptive capacity. The study also concluded that access to loan facilities is crucial in enhancing farmers’ adaptive capacity. The study recommended that, government through the extension services is to ensure improvement in the mass education of farmers to enlighten them on new technologies employed in farming.
Keywords
Climate Change, Women Crop Farmers, Agona West Municipality, Central Region, Ghana
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