In Northern Ghana, poverty rates are significantly higher than in the rest of the country. The region has suffered from a lack of attention and investment by the central government, which has impeded development progress and undermined the adaptive capacity of local government institutions, civil society organizations and communities. Faced with rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall, agriculture-dependent communities are seeking new strategies to secure their livelihoods and get out of poverty.
Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Northern Ghana
The Adaptation Learning Program for Africa (ALP) has a goal to increase the capacity of vulnerable households to adapt to climate change and variability. In 2010, ALP worked with community members and local institutions in Northern Ghana to analyze climate change vulnerability and adaptive capacity in eight communities in Garu Tempane and East Mamprusi Districts. This document summarizes this analysis, providing insights into the issues that influence vulnerability to climate change and the adaptive capacity that exists in these communities, despite the challenges they face.