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    Integrating climate smart agri-innovative technology adoption and agribusiness management skills to improve the livelihoods of smallholder female Cocoa farmers in Ghana

    Yamoah, Fred and Kaba, J.S. (2022) Integrating climate smart agri-innovative technology adoption and agribusiness management skills to improve the livelihoods of smallholder female Cocoa farmers in Ghana. Climate and Development , pp. 1-8. ISSN 1756-5529.

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    Abstract

    Environmental and climate change issues combined with low income and productivity for female cocoa farmers has highlighted gender equality gap in Ghana’s cocoa industry with negative implications for livelihoods. This research focuses on how harvesting cocoa waste enabled the creation of a sustainable micro enterprise to offer alternative employment, reverse inequality, improve climate resilience and soil fertility and encourage further adoption of shaded cocoa production to generate biomass (waste) for organic compost production. The study followed a prescribed training programme for female cocoa farmers who practice shaded cocoa farming in Ghana on organic compost production and agribusiness managing skills by a combined team of climate, agroforestry, agribusiness, cocoa research and extension experts. Results from the analysis of project notes during training and field construction and management of compost chambers in the two selected communities as well as the follow up observation records and interviews indicate that the knowledge and skills provided engendered motivation for a continuous and expanded adoption of climate smart agri-innovation of shaded cocoa production. Further, the results show evidence of a positive social and environmental, cultural and economic impacts and favourable prospects of improved livelihoods for female cocoa farmers. These insights have implications for climate action (SDG13) and gender equity (SDG5) scholarship, climate mitigation and adaptation strategy and policy and agroforestry and cocoa production practice.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Sdg13-climate actions, dg5-gender equity, climate smart cocoa agroforestry, livelihood empowerment, smallholder female cocoa farmers
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Depositing User: Fred Yamoah
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 16:55
    Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 17:49
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/47312

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