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Perspectives on Agricultural Land Use Conversion and Food Security in Rural Ghana

Version 1 : Received: 26 February 2019 / Approved: 12 March 2019 / Online: 18 March 2019 (00:00:00 CET)

How to cite: Appiah, D.O.; Asante, F.; Nketiah, B. Perspectives on Agricultural Land Use Conversion and Food Security in Rural Ghana. Preprints 2020, 2020110077 (doi: 10.3390/sci1010014.v1). Appiah, D.O.; Asante, F.; Nketiah, B. Perspectives on Agricultural Land Use Conversion and Food Security in Rural Ghana. Preprints 2020, 2020110077 (doi: 10.3390/sci1010014.v1).

Abstract

Rapid peri-urbanization has resulted in increasing demand for and pressure on peri-urban lands at the expense of agricultural lands. Households’ decision to convert from agricultural land uses to residential and commercial land uses is driven by a myriad of factors, ranging from social to economic, in the Asante-Akim South district of the Asante region, Ghana. The paper examined the effects of agricultural land use trade-off on food production in the district. Using a triangulation of qualitative and quantitative methods, 115 household respondents were proportionately sampled from three selected communities in the district, for the collection of data through the administration of questionnaires. The data were subjected to the Pearson’s chi-square, embedded in the SPSS V.16, to test for association among the variables. We report that the increasing rate of agricultural land uses conversions was as a result of increasing demand for residential and commercial land usage at the expense of agricultural land uses. Converting prime agricultural lands into other land uses was seen as profitable to agricultural expansion. A re-examination of the district land use plans by the Ghanaian Physical (Town and Country) Planning Department in tandem with the Lands Commission is therefore recommended.

Subject Areas

agriculture land use; conversion; peri-urbanization; food security; Asante-Akim South; Ghana

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