Seasonal migration and land use-change in Ghana

TR Number
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
New York, NY: John Willey & Sons Ltd.

When farmers migrate yearly to a village to carry out intense farming during the rainy season, and thereafter return to a more permanent place of abode this is referred to as seasonal migration. The impact of such migration on land-use/land-cover change in an area within the Volta Basin of Ghana was examined using satellite image analysis and socioeconomic surveys. The most drastic land-cover change involved the conversion of woodland to agricultural land, while there was also a general transition to less vegetation cover. Socioeconomic surveys revealed that most of the migration occurred during the post-structural adjustment period in Ghana with declining soil fertility accounting for the highest per cent of causes of migration. Multiple regression results highlighted the role of population size and distribution, marketing of agricultural produce and technological evolution of the household in determining agricultural land-use change. Policy initiatives that could lead to environment conservation are suggested.

Ecosystem management, Humid zones, Ecosystem, Soil degradation, Soil conservation, Soil management, Livelihoods, Soil fertility, Soil quality, Land use management, Food security, Pasture management, Soil, Nutrient management, Soil organic matter, Agricultural ecosystems, Natural resource management, Farming systems, Rural-rural migration, Seasonal migration, Land use change, Agricultural intensification, Macroeconomic policies, Ecosystem Governance Watershed
Land Degradation & Development 15(1): 37-47