Climate change, migration and farmer–herder conflict in Ghana

Abdul Karim Issifu, Francis Diawuo Darko, Sebastian Angzoorokuu Paalo

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Abstract

Climate change, migration, and conflict have been featured prominently in academic and policy literature. While Africa remains the major reference point, studies on key conflict hotspots fail to adequately examine empirical demonstrations of how climate change forces migration, and consequently major conflicts. Drawing on semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions, and employing the scarcity theory in a study of Agogo (Ghana), we illustrate how regional and local climate/environmental variability and scarcity trigger and sustain migration and farmer–herder conflicts. The findings offer insights into how other non-climatic and ecological conditions reinforce the so-called climate-induced conflicts, exposing the limitations of the scarcity-theory. Importantly, this study has provided an illustrative argument centered around the contextual dynamics of the nexus between climate change and farmer–herder conflict in Agogo to contribute to national, regional, and continental discussion on this critical topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-439
Number of pages19
JournalConflict Resolution Quarterly
Volume39
Issue number4
Early online date28 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Conflict
  • Migration
  • farmer–herder conflicts
  • Ghana

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