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Agroforestry as Climate Change Adaptation

The Case of Cocoa Farming in Ghana

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  • Multidisciplinary approach to the study of climate change; trees and agriculture
  • Analysis of socioeconomic and institutional challenges faced by farmers implementing climate-smart agriculture
  • Focus on tree planting as a complex endeavor requiring place-specific biophysical and socioeconomic knowledge
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This open access book provides multidisciplinary perspectives on the potential of agroforestry to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on cocoa production. Against the backdrop of increasingly precarious farmer livelihoods, it focuses on cocoa-agroforestry in Ghana – the second largest producer of cocoa in the world. Taking the reader on a journey across experimental plots and on-farm studies, the book delivers a holistic understanding of cocoa-agroforestry. Chapters examine historical yield and climate interactions, the effects of heat and drought on cocoa plants and the role of differing shade trees on soil fertility, yields, pests and diseases. The book discusses the socioeconomics of shade tree management, including cost-benefits, tree rights and competition for natural resources emphasizing policy implications and recommendations.

Taking a multidisciplinary approach to climate-agriculture interactions, the book provides an innovative understanding of agroforestry and perennial cropping systems that goes beyond the Ghanaian cocoa belt. It is of relevance to students, researchers, farmers, practitioners and policymakers working with agroforestry and climate change adaptation.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark

    Mette Fog Olwig

  • Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark

    Aske Skovmand Bosselmann

  • Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

    Kwadwo Owusu

About the editors

Mette Fog Olwig is Associate Professor of Global Studies and Development, Roskilde University

Aske Skovmand Bosselmann is Associate Professor of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, University of Copenhagen

Kwadwo Owusu is Professor of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Agroforestry as Climate Change Adaptation

  • Book Subtitle: The Case of Cocoa Farming in Ghana

  • Editors: Mette Fog Olwig, Aske Skovmand Bosselmann, Kwadwo Owusu

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-45634-3Published: 30 December 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-45635-0Published: 29 December 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 171

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Policy, Sociology, general, Geography, general, Environmental Management, Sustainable Development

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