Factors influencing the adoption of sustainable livelihoods: a case study of smallholder cocoa farmers in the eastern region of Ghana
Dorcas Twumwaa Gyan
University of Cape Coast, College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Dept. of Geography and Regional Planning
Cocoa remains one of the leading cash crops in Ghana and most countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Regardless of its numerous benefits, cocoa is sometimes subject to changes in climatic conditions such that limited or excess rainfall and temperature can reduce the quantity produced at the end of a season. This means that cocoa farmers should have an additional livelihood to sustain them amid unpredicted and unexpected weather events. The German Government, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Ghana Cocoa Board, have collectively trained cocoa farmers in the Asamankese cocoa district on Sustainable Livelihood Programs (SLP) to help them increase their livelihood and generate more income. However, the adoption of SLP is low within the Asamankese cocoa district. The study's main objective is to explore the factors that influence farmers' adoption of sustainable livelihoods.
Keywords: Adoption, smallholder cocoa farmers, sustainable livelihood programs
Contact Address: Dorcas Twumwaa Gyan, University of Cape Coast, College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Dept. of Geography and Regional Planning, , e-mail: dorcas.gyanstu.ucc.edu.gh