Enhancing food security in Lawra and Nadowli districts in northern Ghana through smallholder small ruminant production

Livestock is the source of livelihood and food security for two-thirds of the rural poor in developing countries. This study examined the combined technical and institutional constraints that hinder smallholder livestock production and marketing in Northern Ghana and how interventionists and farmers themselves sought to resolve the constraints over the past 20 years.

Promovendus K (Kwadwo) Amankwah
Promotor Akke van der Zijpp
Copromotor LWA (Laurens) Klerkx
Copromotor dr N Karbo , dr O Sakyi-Dawson
Organisatie Wageningen University, Animal Production Systems, Knowledge Technology and Innovation, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

do 12 december 2013 13:30 tot 15:00

Locatie External Room (Accra, Ghana)

The constraints farmers experienced were diseases, lack of water during dry season and theft. Resilient strategies of most  farmers involved  keeping livestock as capital stock and insurance against crop failure and emergency cash needs,  low input use and sufficient  volume of  livestock production. Three public interventions (1996 – 2009) were characterised by the interventionists’ inability to learn from farmers and their tendency for prescriptive solutions and consequent marginal adoption of intervention outcomes. It was concluded that household food security is a significant driver of current (non-commercial) livestock production, self-organized responses to surrounding conditions, and selective use of intervention outcomes.