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Environments 2016, 3(4), 33; doi:10.3390/environments3040033

Perceptions of Socio-Ecological Changes and Their Implications on Changes in Farming Practises and Agricultural Land Uses in the Savannahs of Northeast Ghana

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Centre for Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, Melbourne 3800, Australia
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Department of Geography and Rural Development, KNUST, Kumasi 00233, Ghana
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Department of Management, KNUST School of Business, Kumasi 00233, Ghana
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Academic Editor: Yu-Pin Lin
Received: 11 October 2016 / Revised: 17 November 2016 / Accepted: 29 November 2016 / Published: 1 December 2016
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Abstract

This study assesses the perceptions of local farming households in the savannahs of northeast Ghana about the patterns of ecological and social changes happening around them over the years. It then unpacks how those perceptions are influencing farming practices and agricultural land use changes. Theoretical and empirical understandings of the value of local resource users’ perceptual judgements about changes in their socio-ecological environment and how they respond to those changes have far-reaching implications for design of agricultural development and sustainable land management policies. Consideration of local perceptions offers more informed basis to design and implement agricultural development policies in ways that encourage active local participation, sustainable livelihoods development, and responsiveness to changing conditions. This departs from current conventional implementation systems, which are usually top-down and based on technical and political aspects of agricultural land management, but do not necessarily comprehend processes influencing the agency of local communities in shaping various agricultural land use outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: land use; socio-ecological change; perceptions; savannah; Ghana land use; socio-ecological change; perceptions; savannah; Ghana
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Boateng, P.K.; Appiah, D.O.; Adjei, P.O.-W.; Mensah, H.K. Perceptions of Socio-Ecological Changes and Their Implications on Changes in Farming Practises and Agricultural Land Uses in the Savannahs of Northeast Ghana. Environments 2016, 3, 33.

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