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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2015

Climate change and variability in Ghana: Stocktaking

Asante, Felix A.; Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin


This paper provides a holistic literature review of climate change and variability in Ghana by examining the impact and projections of climate change and variability in various sectors (agricultural, health and energy) and its implication on ecology, land use, poverty and welfare. The findings suggest that there is a projected high temperature and low rainfall in the years 2020, 2050 and 2080, and desertification is estimated to be proceeding at a rate of 20,000 hectares per annum. Sea-surface temperatures will increase in Ghana’s waters and this will have drastic effects on fishery. There will be a reduction in the suitability of weather within the current cocoa-growing areas in Ghana by 2050 and an increase evapotranspiration of the cocoa trees. Furthermore, rice and rooted crops (especially cassava) production are expected to be low. Hydropower generation is also at risk and there will be an increase in the incidence rate of measles, diarrheal cases, guinea worm infestation, malaria, cholera, cerebro-spinal meningitis and other water related diseases due to the current climate projections and variability. These negative impacts of climate change and variability worsens the plight of the poor, who are mostly women and children.


climate change and variability; agriculture; energy; greenhouse gases; health; poverty; Ghana

Published in

2015, volume: 3, number: 1, pages: 78-99

Authors' information

Asante, Felix A.
University of Ghana
Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin (Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG15 Life on land
SDG13 Climate action
SDG1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere

UKÄ Subject classification

Agricultural Science
Environmental Sciences
Climate Research

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