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Title:Institutionalising a community based agro-ecological management system for livelihood sustainability: challenges and prospects of the Goziir experiment in Upperwest Ghana
Authors:Bacho, Francis Z.L.ISNI
Bonye, Samuel Z.ISNI
Periodical:Legon Journal of Sociology (ISSN 0855-6261)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:sustainable agriculture
agrarian reform
farming systems
Abstract:This paper examines the ability of peasant farmers to craft a self-regulatory institution to reinvigorate their agro-ecological system in the Goziir community of the Upper West Region of Ghana. Interactive qualitative data collection tools, such as inter-generational narratives, case histories, key informant interviews and focus group discussions were used. This approach has resulted in a high sense of commitment, acceptance of sound conservation and farming practices, compelling compliance, minimizing the risks of cross-boundary hazards, and has improved livelihoods. It is recommended that communities be engaged in policy formations and the setting up of community management systems, resources be redirected to community-based management groups and people's knowledge be appreciated as basis for development interventions. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]