Vulnerability to climate change in rural Ghana: mainstreaming climate change in poverty-reduction strategies


Dasgupta, Aisha and Baschieri, Angela (2010) Vulnerability to climate change in rural Ghana: mainstreaming climate change in poverty-reduction strategies. [in special issue: Development Studies Association Conference 2009 "Current Crises and New Opportunities": The Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009: An Opportunity for Development?] Journal of International Development, 22, (6), 803-820. (doi:10.1002/jid.1666).

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This paper argues that poverty assessments that use standard money-metric indicators of poverty overlook the welfare of communities highly vulnerable to weather-related extremes, and that an assessment of vulnerability to climate change should be an integral part of poverty assessment. Using Ghana as a case study, this paper evaluates to what extent the standard money-metric measures of poverty represent the welfare of those households vulnerable to weather-related extremes. In addition, the paper illustrates the importance of mainstreaming climate change into development strategies, highlights the importance of integrating vulnerability assessments and stresses the need for developing adaptation strategies for poverty alleviation.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0954-1748 (print)
1099-1328 (electronic)
Keywords: climate change, poverty, vulnerability, ghana
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 200195
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2011 10:37
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:46
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/200195

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