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FARMERS’ PERCEPTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE COMPARED WITH OBJECTIVE DATA: EVIDENCE FROM THE CENTRAL REGION OF GHANA

Samuel Kwesi Ndzebah Dadzie ()
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Samuel Kwesi Ndzebah Dadzie: Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

Climate Change Economics (CCE), 2021, vol. 12, issue 01, 1-28

Abstract: Many studies of climate change adaptation have relied on farmers’ perceptions of climate change to explain why farmers are adopting new farming methods, and to advise adaptation policy framework that justifies Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) especially in Africa. These studies have rarely verified whether farmers’ perceptions are consistent with observed changes in meteorological conditions to establish sufficient premise. This study compares farmers’ perceptions of changes in precipitation and temperature in a rainfed agriculture region of Ghana against objective measurements made in nearby weather stations in the region. The study finds that farmers correctly perceived the increase in temperature over time but incorrectly perceived a reduction in precipitation, while objective data showed high fluctuations with no clear trend. It is possible that farmers mistakenly assumed reduction in soil moisture meant to support crop growth requirements was caused by less rainfall when in fact it was caused by higher temperature.

Keywords: Farmers’ perceptions; climate change; objective data; Ghana; rainfall; temperature (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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