School of Earth and Environment

Philip Antwi-Agyei Dr Philip Antwi-Agyei


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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


  • BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana
  • MSc Environmental Policy and Management, University of Hull.

Project details

Project title

Vulnerability and adaptation of Ghana's food production systems to climate variability and change


Professor Andrew Dougill, Professor Evan Fraser and Dr Lindsay Stringer

Start date

October 2009

Project outline

Climate change not only poses one of the greatest threats to humankind in the 21st century but also will have a disproportionately large effect on agriculture. This research investigates how Ghana's food production system is vulnerable to climate variability and change and explore policy options to reduce this vulnerability. The overall aim of the research is to explore the socioeconomic, institutional and biophysical factors that contribute to vulnerability to climate change amongst a range of types of farming communities in Ghana. The research is critical because the agriculture sector is not only the backbone of Ghana's economy, contributing to about 44% of its GDP, but is extremely sensitive to climate change. Data on the exact extent of vulnerability of Ghana's agriculture to climate change are lacking, however, and this gap hampers developing effective policy to reduce the impacts of climate change. For instance, little is known about how farmers in Ghana adapt to changing climatic conditions. As such, it is unclear from a policy perspective how to best enhance the country's adaptive capacity. By characterising food production systems, this study seeks to provide a theoretical understanding of food systems vulnerability that will help guide more general discussions of the sorts of food production systems that should be better able to adapt to future climate changes.


  • Antwi-Agyei, P., Fraser, E.D.G.; Dougill, A.J.; Stringer, L.C.; Simelton, E. (2011). Mapping the vulnerability of crop production to drought in Ghana using rainfall, yield and socioeconomic data. Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper No. 55. University of Leeds, Leeds. Available at []
  • Foli, G; Hogarh, J.N., Antwi-Agyei, P. (2010) Effectiveness of planning and implementation stages of the ISO 14001 standards EMS at the Obuasi gold mine, Ghana. American Journal of Social and Management Sciences 1(1) 1-12.
  • Antwi-Agyei, P.;Hogarh, J.N.; Foli, G.(2009) Trace elements contamination of soils around gold mine tailings dams at Obuasi, Ghana. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 3(11), 353-359.
  • Obiri-Danso K., Hogarh, J.N., Antwi-Agyei, P. (2008): Assessment of contamination of singed hide from cattle and goats by heavy metals in Ghana. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 2 (8) 217-221.