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Women, Work and Adaptive Capacity

In the Upper West Region of Ghana, climatic and non-climatic stressors affect the most vulnerable in society, especially the elderly, widows, young unmarried and even married women with limited support from relatives. According to a research carried out by the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project, traditional patriarchal roles have favoured males and promoted structural inequalities among females in terms of decision making, access to and control over land for agricultural activities and the ability to engage in more productive livelihoods.