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close this bookEnvironment, Biodiversity and Agricultural Change in West Africa (UNU, 1997, 141 pages)
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Open this folder and view contentsPilot study of production pressure and environmental change in the forest-savanna zone of southern Ghana
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The production of this book was made possible by the generous support received from various quarters.

The United Nations University (UNU) was the primary supporter of the workshop resulting in the book. This generous support and the supplementary funding so kindly provided by the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) are hereby acknowledged with profound gratitude.

A similar expression of appreciation goes to Emeritus Professor Harold Brookfield, the scientific coordinator of the UNU Project of Collaborative Research on Population (now People), Land Management and Environmental Change (PLEC), under whose auspices the workshop was organized in collaboration with the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU/ INRA); to Professor Bede N. Okigbo, the director of UNU/INRA; and to Professor George Benneh, the vice-chancellor of the University of Ghana, all of whom provided invaluable assistance.

Also deserving special praise are the following:

  • the Hon. Dr. Christina Amoako-Nuama, Ghana's minister of environment, science and technology, for the workshop's opening address;
  • the Hon. Dr. Farouk Braimah, a deputy minister of environment, science and technology, Ghana, for reading the opening address on behalf of the Hon. Dr. Amoako-Nuama;
  • Professor Emeritus E.A. Boateng for chairing the opening ceremony;
  • Professor Benneh for delivering the keynote address; and
  • the Hon. Dr. Kwabena Adjei, Ghana's minister of lands and forestry, for closing the workshop.

Sincere thanks go to Professors Y. Ahenkorah, E.S. Ayensu, E.A. Boateng, H. Brookfield and R.K. Udo for chairing the various workshop technical sessions; to all the more than 80 international workshop participants, including those who made oral or written presentations, and Messrs. S. Agbayizah, G. Amponsah Kissiedu, A.A. Boadu, S.Y. Freeman, S.O. Okyere, K. Tetteh and N. Yeboah, the farmers' representatives from the PLEC pilot study areas in Ghana; to the several student assistants, including Mr. J. Addipa, Mr. Afikorah-Danquah, and Ms. A.A. Gyasi; and to our able team of rapporteurs, led by the late Mr. Yaw Kwarteng.

The active participation of the workshop special guests, Dr. James Fairhead of the University of London, Dr. R.M. Kiome of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute and leader of the East Africa cluster of PLEC, Dr. Melissa Leach of the University of Sussex and Dr. Jan Nibbering of Antenne Sahelienne, Wageningen Agricultural University/University of Ouagadougou, is acknowledged with much gratitude.

Also appreciated are the excellent catering services provided by the University of Ghana Guest Centre and the Volta Hall of the university; and the effective press coverage by Radio Ghana and the Graphic and Times corporations.

Ms. A. Indome, Mr. C.D. Nsor and Mr. S.A. Otchere provided editorial and typing services, which are deeply appreciated, as is the cartographic service rendered by Mr. D.J. Drah, all of the Department of Geography and Resource Development.

But, without doubt, those who deserve our greatest gratitude are the hundreds of small farmers who hosted the PLEC team during the pilot field studies in 1993 and the workshop field trip in October 1994, and who constituted the primary source of information for the research study report that formed the principal basis of the workshop leading to this book. To them we humbly dedicate the book.