Gender Dimensions of Climate Change Adaptation Practices: The Experiences of Smallholder Crop Farmers in the Transition Zone of Ghana

Citation:

Wrigley-Asante, Charlotte, Kwadwo Owusu, Irene S. Egyir, and Tom Mboya Owiyo. 2019. "Gender Dimensions of Climate Change Adaptation Practices: The Experiences of Smallholder Crop Farmers in the Transition Zone of Ghana." African Geographical Review 38 (2): 126-39.

Authors: Charlotte Wrigley-Asante, Kwadwo Owusu, Irene S. Egyir, Tom Mboya Owiyo

Abstract:

This paper discusses the gender dimensions of climate change adaptation strategies among small holder crop farmers in the transition zone of Ghana. A total of 612 farmers (328 females and 284 males) were interviewed using purposive sampling technique. Our results indicate that adaptation strategies are gendered with men mostly resorting to on-farm agronomic practices such as the use of artificial fertilizers and also moving into new cash crops. Female farmers also use similar on-farm agronomic practices particularly artificial fertilizers to boost crop production but most importantly resorted to petty trading in agricultural and consumable goods, an off-farm strategy. This shows women’s resilience which has also subsequently improved their decision-making role at the household level, which is an indicator of empowerment. We recommend that institutions that support climate change adaptation initiatives at the local level must take gender differences into consideration and support particularly women to strengthen their resilience and consolidate their empowerment.

Keywords: gender, climate change, adaptation, Ghana, women, men

Topics: Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change, Gender, Women, Households, Livelihoods Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Ghana

Year: 2019

© 2021 CONSORTIUM ON GENDER, SECURITY & HUMAN RIGHTSLEGAL STATEMENT All photographs used on this site, and any materials posted on it, are the property of their respective owners, and are used by permission. Photographs: The images used on the site may not be downloaded, used, or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner of the image. Materials: Visitors to the site are welcome to peruse the materials posted for their own research or for educational purposes. These materials, whether the property of the Consortium or of another, may only be reproduced with the permission of the owner of the material. This website contains copyrighted materials. The Consortium believes that any use of copyrighted material on this site is both permissive and in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine of 17 U.S.C. § 107. If, however, you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated, please contact the Consortium at info@genderandsecurity.org.