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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

The role of farmers and organizational networks in climate information communication: the case of Ghana

Ofoegbu, Chidiebere; New, Mark

Abstract

PurposeThe nature of the collaborations that exists among the organizations in the climate change and agriculture sectors can influence the tailoring of climate forecasts into information useable for adapting agricultural practices to the risks posed by climate change. Also, the extent to which farmers are integrated into this organizational collaboration network can influence their access to climate information. This paper aims to examine how organizational collaborations in the process of climate information generation and dissemination acts as either barriers or enablers of farmers' access to and use of climate information in Ghana.Design/methodology/approachThis study used key informant interview and questionnaire survey to interview the organizations in the climate change and agriculture sectors. Using network analysis as an analytical framework, the authors estimated the networks' core-periphery, density, reciprocity and degree centrality.FindingsThe authors observed that communication of climate information to farmers is mostly influenced by the collaborations between governmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations. Nevertheless, information flow and exchange through organizational collaboration network is having limited effect on improving farmers' knowledge about climate risks, impacts and available risk response options. This is mostly because the feedback flow of information from farmers to national level organizations has not been effective in addressing localized climate/agro challenges.Originality/valueThis paper provides a critical overview of key issues in influencing the relevancy and usefulness of climate information in the Ghanaian agriculture sector. Insights gained and recommendations made are essential for deploying effective climate services in Ghana and can be relevant for many African countries because of similar socioeconomic contexts.

Keywords

Adaptation; Farmers; Climate change; Knowledge networks; Livelihood; Networks

Published in

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management
2021, volume: 13, number: 1, pages: 19-34
Publisher: EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD

Authors' information

Ofoegbu, Chidiebere
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Species Information Centre
Ofoegbu, Chidiebere
University of Cape Town
New, Mark
University of Cape Town

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG13 Climate action

UKÄ Subject classification

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCCSM-04-2020-0030

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/110341