Climate Change Adaptation Research and Capacity Development in Ghana

Sub-Saharan Africa faces the greatest challenges associated with climate change, yet has limited scientific capacity to manage their adverse effects. Numerous adaptation strategies have been proposed, but few are supported by strong scientific evidence. Some are generic, and do not consider the social, political and environmental variations between countries and communities that could affect their success.

This project aims to improve the quality of research, teaching and learning in climate change science at the University of Ghana. It will do so by building staff and students' research capacity, improving the institutional infrastructure, strengthening links with the African diaspora of climate change students/scientists, and offering research fellowships at the Master's and PhD level.

In the process, it will generate knowledge on how poor urban coastal populations in the Ga Machie area adapt to climate change as it affects their livelihoods, food security and health, and how this knowledge can be used to enhance their resilience. It is expected that by the end of the project, the University of Ghana will be well placed to provide leadership and scientific expertise on climate change adaptation in Africa.

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Start Date

Sunday, May 1, 2011

End Date

Saturday, November 1, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Adera, Edith Ofwona

Total funding

CA$ 1,399


Ghana, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Climate Change

Project Leader

Dr. Samuel N.A. Codjoe


Regional Institute for Population Studies

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