Food Beliefs and Food Security amidst Climate Change in Drylands of Northern Ghana

This research aims to understand the implications of food beliefs for food security amidst climate change impacts in dryland communities of Northern Ghana. Food beliefs refer to individual and societal concepts about food preferences. The study seeks to employ participatory learning and action to investigate how people’s local food beliefs and cultural norms change or how the navigate their livelihoods to maintain their food beliefs to ensure food security in a changing climate.

An expected outcome is to inform agricultural and food policy and decision makers in the Northern Savanna agroecological zone to incorporate local food beliefs into food security programmes and interventions. Another expected outcome is to facilitate engage community members to identify challenges and opportunities associated with the local food belief systems and to encourage attitudinal and  behavioural changes to consider the impacts of climate change on community food security.

Team Membership:

Lead D. Yaw Atiglo
Co-I Mentors Prof Samuel N. A. Codjoe   

Prof Laurie Lewis

Co-I Investigator Dr Mawuli Dzodzomenyo
BRECcIA GH ECRs: Moses Asamoah   

Getrude Owusu Domfeh

Stakeholder Partners Rahina Alare   

Caesar Agula

  • Other stakeholders (one from each from sampled community) will be actively engaged throughout the research period