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Abstract

The baseline study of Doggoh village in the CCAFS Jirapa-Lawra reference site in Ghana took place from July 26-28, 2011. Focus group discussions were conducted separately for men and women.

The village of Doggoh is located in a Sudanese savannah characterized by a considerable population of trees, and the agricultural system it practices involves cultivation among trees. The land is cultivated by individuals but owned and administered by the community through a traditional system of local chiefs. Average land productivity is low and the community can only produce enough to feed themselves for 3 months of the year, resulting in the need to forage for food from other sources for 9 months of the year. To survive, people depend on remittances.

Trees are communally managed with community sanctions against those who violate accepted practice. Nevertheless, the sale of firewood puts pressure on the tree population. There are signs of landscape degradation where vegetation has been removed and the ground is bare. The community depends on boreholes for its domestic water supply and takes for granted the value of wetlands and rivers, which have remained effectively unmanaged.

Participants identified 22 organizations in the village, with 12 operating beyond the locality, 3 operating within the locality and 7 operating within the community. Seventeen organizations contribute to food security and 14 others promote the management of natural resources. Organizations and radio are the most important sources of information.

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Onyango, L.; Iddrisu, Y.; Mango, J.; Kurui, Z.; Wamubeyi, B.; Bawayelaaza Nyuor, A.; Naab, B. Village Baseline Study: Site Analysis Report for Lawra – Jirapa, Ghana. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Copenhagen, Denmark (2012) 33 pp.

Village Baseline Study: Site Analysis Report for Lawra – Jirapa, Ghana