ClimapAfrica – Climate change adaptation and coping strategies of smallholder fisherfolks along the Ghana Volta Lake


Climate change adaptation, fishing, subsistence farming, women, nutrition, health




Individual and community-initiated climate change adaptation responses are promoted globally, but among vulnerable populations, evidence regarding their availability, implementation and impact on mediating climatic shocks in developing countries is scanty. We aim to identify the adaptation and coping mechanisms adopted by rural smallholder female farmers residing along the Ghana Volta lake and the mitigate effects on livelihoods, household food security and nutritional status. A framework showing the climate adaption strategies and the linkage with household livelihoods, food security and nutritional status will be developed and used to inform a future intervention study. An immediate step will be advocacy program to encourage policy revision and practical actions to support smallholder framers to be climate-sensitive and more climate-adaptive.


In this triangulated sequential explanatory mixed-methods study, we shall interview 442 adult females engaged in predominant crop and fish farming in rural communities along the Volta Lake using the climate coping and adaptation strategies assessment tool. The quantitative data in the first sequel will measuring indices that quantifies actual and perceived climate risk vulnerability, adaptation strategies and the intensity of impact of climatic hazards on family income, food stocks and undernutrition. Participants found to adapt very positively or negatively to agriculture climatic stress will be interviewed in the qualitative phase to understand in-depth the triggers of the adaptive or maladaptive coping skills. The responses shall be rated using Likert-type questions and the scores weighted to derive patterns using principal component analysis and other data-tailored regression models and triangulated with the textual data to generate a linkage of the adaptive capacity. At the end of the 12-month project period, we expect to quantify and link the impacts of climate adaptation strategies on mediating the livelihoods and nutritional stocks to inform evidence-based policy and practical actions particularly for smallholder farmers and other vulnerable populations.

Main Cooperation Partners

  • Dr. Faith Agbozo, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, Ghana
Main Funding Partners

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Duration of the Project

2 years (01 Mar 2022 – 28 Feb 2023)


  • Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah
  • Marian Abrafi Osei (candidate PhD)


Ina Danquah

Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah


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