1. ALEXANDER YAO SEGBEFIA - Department of Geography and Rural Development, KNUST- Kumasi (Ghana).
2. AHO SAMPSON YAO - Abetifi Presbyterian College of Education, P. O. Box 19, Abetifi-Kwahu (Ghana).
3. Dr. SETH AGYEMANG - Department of Geography and Rural Development, KNUST- Kumasi (Ghana).
Fishing forms a major economic activity and source of livelihood among communities dotted along the Volta Lake in Ghana. It is undertaken on a small scale, artisanal basis, leading to low returns and inability to break out of the poverty trap. The research examines the artisanal fishing and livelihoods along the Volta Lake in the Kwahu-North District. The study examined livelihood activities of the key people involved in artisanal fishing and how their positions along the fish production value-chain affected their wellbeing. Both qualitative and quantitative analytical procedures were used. A combination of stratified random sampling and purposive sampling techniques were used to select a total of 194 respondents from four communities in the district. Methods of data collection included questionnaires, focused group discussions, and direct observation. Difficulty in acquiring hired labour accounted for the use of child labour. Smoking was the most common mode of processing fish. Institutions like VRA, MoF, FD, VBRP and the Government should also play a major role through financial and technical assistance in improving livelihood conditions of the fishers. This will ensure sustainability of the fishing industry.
Artisanal, Implications, Livelihoods, Mechanisms, Mobilise, Outcomes, Strategies, Sustainability, Vulnerability