Farmers perceptions on trends of onset and session of rainfall in Northern Ghana

The timing of onset and cession of rainfall has wide implications on the cropping calendar activities. This information is recorded by rainfall gauge stations that are sparse in northern Ghana. Data recorded from earth observing satellites can complement the sparse gauge stations. However, there is need to verify if the trends measured from satellite data is consistent with the experiences of farmers. The aim of this tool is to collect information on farmers perceptions on the trends of onset and cession of rainfall in the Sudan-Savannah agro-ecology located in the Northern, Upper-East and Upper West regions of Ghana. The survey elicited farmers' perceptions on the trends of the three rainfall indices', their impacts on cropping calendar activities, and the adaptation measures implemented to cope with the changes. This information will be compared with results obtained from observation gauge network and the estimates from remote sensing satellites. The synthesis of the information is expected to improve agro-advisories on the cropping calendar events such as timely planting.

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Creator Muthoni, Francis
Creator Affiliation International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Creator ID Type ORCID
Creator ID 0000-0001-6785-0550
Subject Vocab (AGROVOC/GACS/CAB) Maize,Groundnuts,Millets,Rice,Yams,Cowpeas,Vegetables,Sorghum,Soybeans,Education,Fertilizers,Temperature,Winds,Chemicals,Organic fertilizers,Intercropping,Replanting,Drought tolerance,Early maturation,Weeding,Harvesting,Wind direction,Climate change
Subject(s) Chemical fertilizer,Temperature intensity,Temperature trend,Rain distribution,Rain Cessation,Deciduous trees
Publisher International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor Person Winifred Ayinpogbilla Atiah, Bekele Kotu, Fred Kizito, Leonard K. Amekudzi
Contributor Role Producer
Contributor Project Lead Organisation Center International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor Project Lead Center International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor CRP CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Contributor Partner Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
Contributor Donor United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Contributor Project Sustainable Intensification of Key Farming Systems in the Sudano-Sahelian Zone of West Africa
Project ID PJ-001503
Contributor Affiliation International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Open-Access status Open Access
Production Date 2021-01-05
Embargo End Date
Content Type Dataset
File Format csv
Identifier Type DOI
Identifier https://doi.org/10.25502/hv1k-6z95/d
Identifier Citation Atiah, W.A., Muthoni, F.K., Kotu, B., Kizito, F. and Amekudzi, L.K., 2021. Trends of Rainfall Onset, Cessation, and Length of Growing Season in Northern Ghana: Comparing the Rain Gauge, Satellite, and Farmers Perceptions. Atmosphere, 12(12). https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12121674
Source Sustainable Intensification of Key Farming Systems in the Sudano-Sahelian Zone of West Africa
Language English
Relation Not applicable
Agroecological Zone Subhumid warm tropics
Coverage Region Western Africa
Coverage country Ghana
Coverage Admin Unit Not applicable
Coverage Y (Latitude) 8.03030
Coverage X (Longitude) -1.08003
Coverage Start Date
Coverage End Date
Contact Muthoni, Francis; GIS Specialist; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contact Email F.Muthoni@cgiar.org
Restriction CC-BY 4.0
Email Permission None
Rights CC-BY 4.0