This study examines Dagara migration from Ghana's Upper West Region, a poor peripheral savannah area in the North of the country, to the Brong Ahafo Region, a semi-peripheral food crop frontier in the South. The focus is on the impact of Dagara migration on the environment and agricultural development of the migrants' home and destination areas. The study shows that structural differences in agro-ecological conditions, rather than degradation and disaster, are a principal cause of Dagara migration. It challenges alarming findings about deforestation and land degradation as a result of Dagara migration and shows that, in the short term, out-migration from the North contributes to food and livelihood security in the area, but in the long run it seems to thwart a transition to more sustainable land use and livelihoods. The study is based on field research carried out between September 2003 and December 2004. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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Year of publication: 2011
Series: African Studies Collection
Volume: 33
Kees Anton Martinus van der Geest
African Studies Centre
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