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Title:The Dagara farmer at home and away: migration, environment and development in Ghana
Author:Geest, Kees van derISNI
Year:2011
ISSN:1876-0198
Issue:33
Pages:238
Language:English
Series:African Studies Collection
City:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
ISBN:9789054481034
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Dagari
internal migration
environment
agricultural development
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Link:http://dare.uva.nl/record/381393
Abstract:This study examines Dagara migration from Ghana's Upper West Region, a poor peripheral savannah area in the North of the country, to the Brong Ahafo Region, a semi-peripheral food crop frontier in the South. The focus is on the impact of Dagara migration on the environment and agricultural development of the migrants' home and destination areas. The study shows that structural differences in agro-ecological conditions, rather than degradation and disaster, are a principal cause of Dagara migration. It challenges alarming findings about deforestation and land degradation as a result of Dagara migration and shows that, in the short term, out-migration from the North contributes to food and livelihood security in the area, but in the long run it seems to thwart a transition to more sustainable land use and livelihoods. The study is based on field research carried out between September 2003 and December 2004. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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