Ghana is heavily dependent on climate-sensitive industries such as agriculture and fisheries.
Farming and fishing communities have vulnerable populations with little capacity to cope with economic and ecologic shocks. Climate change has the potential to reverse development in Ghana and to jeopardize much of what USAID and its partners have been investing in for decades in areas such as food security, health and poverty eradication. As the climate changes, coastal areas will be exposed to sea level rise, thereby impacting coastal dwellers and their livelihoods; farmers may face higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and more frequent extreme events (e.g., droughts and floods) that threaten to reduce yields and increase the occurrence of crop failure, thus putting their food security at risk; and women and girls may have to travel farther to collect water and firewood, resulting in threats to their safety, decreased productivity, and reduced time available for schooling.
- Integrated Coastal Fisheries and Governance Initiative