Food Equity | Faculty Poster | 2019

WATER-DEPENDENT ADAPTIVE DECISIONS IN FARMING SYSTEMS

Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah and Andy Bonaventure Nyamekye
Figure 3: Appropriateness of Adaptive Decisions: Upstream farmers consider the appropriateness of their adaptive decisions more than downstream farmers .

Figure 3: Appropriateness of Adaptive Decisions: Upstream farmers consider the appropriateness of their adaptive decisions more than downstream farmers

Introduction

Water variability poses challenges to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Farmers must constantly adapt their decisions and practices in response to water uncertainty and variability. This study probes the question, “How do peri-urban farmers adapt their farming decisions to variability and uncertainties in water availability, and how are these decisions embedded within the broader logics of appropriateness and consequentiality? We address this question by focusing on farmers within the Ashaiman delta, Ghana. In this empirical case, we develop indices to quantify the adaptive nature of decisions made by farmers to manage water variability and uncertainty.

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Project Links

  • 2/12/21
    Plan-REFUGE aspires to understand and mitigate food inequities experienced by small-holder farmers in the Global South. Using a transdisciplinary approach we investigate how small-holder farmers in the Global South adapt their daily living practices in the face of a number of challenges including globalization and climate change. Lessons from on-the-ground experiences are used to inform purposeful community development and planning strategies. The project ensures a Global South to Global South learning exchange as well as capacity building of policy makers both locally and globally through publications and trainings. Plan-REFUGE is a collaborative effort that aims to have multiple study countries including India.