Escaping water insecurity in north-eastern Ghana

Authors: Dinko Hanaan Dinko*, University of Denver
Topics: Water Resources and Hydrology, Climatology and Meteorology, Arid Regions
Keywords: Water security, hydro-climatic changes, Household responses, Sudan savannah, Ghana
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 27
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The paper describes through multiple cases the mechanisms households deploy to escape water insecurity and why other households become water insecure. Responses presented characterizes the range of multiple and differentiated explanatory factors that agro-pastoral households are saddled with. The overarching goal is to investigate whether there significant societal mechanisms that transcend individual household characteristics that enable or constrain household capability from successfully responding to water insecurity. Household choices are enveloped in the institutions and fluid resources available to them.
By highlighting how institutions and fluid resources enable and constrain household responses and resilience, the article generates debate that will resonate beyond academic cycles to policy implementation. The findings are essential for a better understanding of the climate-water-development nexus and thus facilitate better transmission from academia to policy implementation.

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