The Socio-Economic Effects of Ghana's Government Afforestation Project on Beneficiary Farmers in the Dormaa District of the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana
Forests play a central role in Ghana's global economy and local livelihoods, yet degradation and overharvesting continue to be an issue. In response, the Ghana government implemented an afforstation program in 2001 to restock forests and help alleviate poverty.
Goals & Methods
This study aims to evaluate the socio-economic effects of the 2001 afforestation program and its benefits to local farmers in the Dormaa district of Ghana. Questionnaires were randomly administered to 80 farmers.
Conclusions & Takeaways
The study found that significant socio-economic benefits were accrued through the afforestation program, including employment, education opportunities, health care access, and provisions of food and income. Delay in inputs, small pot sizes, and inadequate financial assistance were identified as constraints to the program. The study recommends the government to assure timely inputs and expand the project to other degraded regions of Ghana.
Asare-Bediako, E., A. A. Addo-Quaye, J. P. Tetteh, and P. Ansu-Gyeabour. "SOCIO-ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF GHANA GOVERNMENT’S AFFORESTATION PROJECT ON BENEFICIARY FARMERS IN THE DORMAA AHENKRO DISTRICT OF THE BRONG AHAFO REGION OF GHANA."
- Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Kumasi, Ghana