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Title: FARMERS’ PERCEPTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE EJURA-SEKYEDUMASE DISTRICT OF GHANA
Authors: Kemausuor, Francis
Dwamena, Ernest
Bart-Plange, Ato
Kyei-Baffour, Nicholas
Keywords: climate change
perception
farmers
Ejura-Sekyedumase
Ghana
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: ARPN Journal of Agricultural and Biological Science
Abstract: Sustainable agriculture is embedded in the relationship between humans and climate, especially in attitudes towards climate change, the rates of change and the impact of such change on the entire agro-ecosystem, including soils, crops and animals. The adoption and successful implementation of new technology and husbandry practices and farmers’ adaptation to changes in their ecosystems depend on their tendency to perceive and react favourably towards changes in climate and environment. The lack of sufficient knowledge about climate changes and the impact on agricultural production is a setback to long term sustainable agriculture in most developing countries, including Ghana. This paper presents the results of an investigation to determine perception of farmers about changes in climate in the Ejura-Sekyedumase District of Ghana, as part of a broader research that assessed farmers’ adaptation to climate change in the district. The study compared farmers’ perception on climate variability with the actual variations based on climatic data recorded from 1993 to 2009. A survey was conducted and considered interviews with farmers in six (6) of the nineteen (19) operational areas in the district. The targeted populations were adult farmers with at least 10 years of farming experience in the area. Data was collected on perceptions about temperature changes and variability in precipitation over a 10 year period. The results indicated that more than 80% of farmers believe that temperature in the district had become warmer and over 90% were of the opinion that rainfall timing had changed, resulting in increased frequency of drought.
Description: This article is published in ARPN Journal of Agricultural and Biological Science
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13631
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