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Water is scarce in most communities in the Upper West Region (UWR) of Ghana, and the scarcity is likely to persist until 2100. Smallholder farming, the main livelihood in the region, is largely rain-fed. In addition, some youth and women rely on boreholes, dug-out wells and streams for vegetable farming, but these water sources easily dry up during the dry season. The region’s high dependence on rainfall for its agriculture livelihoods, coupled with high poverty rates, makes it very vulnerable to climate change impacts and weather variability. Migrating in search of alternative livelihoods is a common response to the water scarcity challenge in the region.
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