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Linking Individual and Collective Agency for Enhancing Community Resilience in Northern Ghana
- Otsuki, Kei, Jasaw, Godfred, Lolig, Victor
- Society & natural resources 2018 v.31 no.2 pp. 151-165
- climate change, farmers, issues and policy, life history, Ghana
- This article aims to explore the relationship between individual adaptive actions and enhancement of community resilience to climate change as a communal objective. It proposes to pay attention to the concept of reflexivity as the primary individual capacity to link adaptive actions and community resilience. Drawing on the field research conducted in northern Ghana in 2015, this article specifically examines life histories of four small farmers and shows that they individually take adaptive actions and reflect on these actions. However, little opportunity exists for them to systematically communicate the reflections with others to learn from their experiences, nurture collective agency and enhance community resilience. The article concludes by outlining new strategies needed to facilitate the communication in particular cultural and policy contexts.