The Dayi River Basin in southeastern Ghana is surrounded by hills and mountains. The area covers 2050 km2 and has a population of approximately 100.000 people. Some 60% of the population depend on rain-fed farming for their livelihood.
Climate Change Adaptation
In recent decades, the precipitation in the Dayi basin has declined and rainy seasons shortened. This caused the baseflow of the Dayi River to decrease. This trend is likely to continue due to climate change. At the same time, the (agricultural) population is growing, and farmers are considering irrigation to deal with increasingly dry circumstances.
This project takes place in the Dayi River basin (Volta Region) in south-eastern Ghana. Research is conducted in five villages that are representative for the three ecological zones that were identified locally. These zones are: the upstream forested north of the basin, the midstream transitional savannah and the downstream
The ADAPTS project supports adaptation strategies of farmer households and communities as a reaction to climate change. The project site is the Dayi river basin (DRB), situated in Lake
The main goals of the Ghana project were to assess changes in water availability in the Dayi River basin and to support local farmers in setting up irrigated agriculture and agroforestry, as a local climate adaptation initiative.
The Ghana Case of ADAPTS project began in 2008 in collaboration The Development Institute, a Ghanaian NGO and three Dutch partners; Both ENDS, the Institute for Environmental Studies,
and ACACIA Water. The ADAPTS project is being funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The overall aim of ADAPTS is to increase developing countries’ adaptive capacities by
From available information, climate change will affect the communities in the Dayi River Basin (DRB) as a result of:
i. Increasing temperatures,
ii. Rainfall variability and unpredictability and