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Assessing the impacts of illegal small-scale mining (galamsey) on cocoa farming and rural livelihood: The case of Amenfi West District of Ghana

Show simple item record Laari, Martey 2018-12-03T14:47:47Z 2018-12-03T14:47:47Z 2018-04
dc.description Thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, April 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract For years, Ghana has been confronted with illegal small-scale mining commonly known as galamsey. It is alleged that cocoa farmers are relinquishing their farmlands for galamsey, however, as many people in the cocoa farming communities depend on cocoa farming as their primary source of income, it raises questions as to why farmers would want to abandon their farms for galamsey. As a result, this thesis is aimed at investigating the motivations for galamsey and how the practice impacts cocoa farming as well as the living conditions of people in the mining communities. The study was undertaken in Amenfi West District in the Western Region of Ghana where both cocoa farming and illegal mining operations coexist. The data for the study was collected from cocoa farmers in the mining communities using qualitative research techniques such as interviews and questionnaires. The results revealed that cocoa farmers face challenges because of galamsey such as; labor shortages, water pollution and bites from harmful insects bred from the abandoned mining sites. Also, galamsey operations reduce land quality and cause black pod disease which ultimately reduce the output of cocoa farms close to the mining sites. On the positive side, galamsey provides employment and improves transportation network in the mining communities. The major reasons that encourage galamsey were identified as higher short-term income, availability of idle lands, poor cocoa yield, and low price of cocoa. Recommendations from the study include; supporting farmers to maintain healthy cocoa farms, land reclamation, and public education, but also facilitating the process to ease acquisition of mining license by the galamsey operators. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ashesi University en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject Amenfi West District en_US
dc.subject cocoa farming en_US
dc.subject galamsey en_US
dc.subject small-scale mining en_US
dc.subject livelihoods en_US
dc.subject labour en_US
dc.title Assessing the impacts of illegal small-scale mining (galamsey) on cocoa farming and rural livelihood: The case of Amenfi West District of Ghana en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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