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Title:Coping with the Effects of the 1982-83 Drought in Ghana: The View from the Village
Author:Dei, George J.S.
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic term:Ghana
subsistence farming
Drought and Desertification
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Abstract:This paper examines how the population of the rural community of Ayirebi, eastern Ghana, managed to cope with the effects of the 1982-1983 drought. The main factors responsible for their successful adaptation to drought conditions were the resilience and adaptability of the peasant economy, the supplementation of agricultural production with wild food plants, and the rebuilding and reinforcement of social relations. Specific coping strategies included the experimentation with marginal varieties of wild food plants; the diversification of crops, mixed cropping, and the planting of drought resistant crops; the additional processing of food crops in order to increase their edibility; the dispersion of the population; and the intensification of exchange relations with neighbouring groups. App. (list of wild and semidomesticated food plants and animals exploited in Ayirebi), bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French.