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Title:Is Deagrarianisation Real? A Study of Livelihood Activities in Rural Northern Ghana
Author:Yaro, Joseph A.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
rural households
agricultural development
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Labor and Employment
Economics and Trade
Abstract:This article examines the livelihoods, portfolios and degree of deagrarianization of the peasantry in three villages in northern Ghana. It argues that deagrarianization should be seen as a process embedded in social change, bearing in mind the reversibility between farm and non-farm livelihood strategies used by households (reagrarianization?). A livelihoods research approach involving qualitative household interviews and quantitative surveys in three villages in the Kassena-Nankani district constitute primary data for this study. Contrary to the deagrarianization thesis, this study found that livelihood adaptation, implying both a diversification to new or secondary livelihood activities and changing the form, nature and content of the farm sector, characterized rural livelihoods in the area. The adaptation process involves not just a move from the farm to the non-farm sector, but also an intensification of efforts in the farm sector with seasonal diversification into other livelihood activities. The supposedly 'booming non-farm sector' is not entirely real, for reasons of marginalization and exclusion of the poor peasantry, resulting from spatial, capital, infrastructural and market limitations. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]