Knowledge for Development

Indigenous knowledge and climate adaptation in Northern Ghana


Date: 07/03/2013


Using Northern Ghana as an example, this background document published by Africa Portal, focuses on the value of indigenous knowledge in national climate policies related to agriculture. It presents an overview of how small-scale farmers use indigenous knowledge to adapt to climatic extremes and examines the challenge of integrating these practices into policy. The discussion is relevant across the continent: it argues that though small-scale agricultural production can be responsive to climatic variations, adaptation policies that promote high-resource solutions are not relevant to smallholder farmers and that climate adaptation policies could better incorporate sources of indigenous knowledge.  

(Africa Portal backgrounder No. 48, 9/01/2013)

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