Farmer-Fulani pastoralist conflicts in Northern Ghana: are integrated landscape approaches the way forward?
This paper examines conflicts between farmers and Fulani pastoralists in Northern Ghana, focusing on access to natural resources. The social marginalization of the Fulani community and their exclusion from landscape governance processes are identified as key issues. The study explores the potential for integrated landscape approaches to manage conflicts and include Fulani pastoralists in governance. Insights from Burkina Faso's experience in managing farmer-herder conflicts are presented. The paper argues that adopting more inclusive landscape approaches can reconcile diverging interests and mitigate conflicts. Urgent attention is needed to address negative perceptions, neglect of pastoral activity in development processes, and lack of inclusion in decision-making.
The European Union’s Landscapes For Our Future programme supports 22 integrated landscape management projects across 19 countries and 3 sub-regions across the Global South with solutions to context-specific land-use challenges around food and nutrition security, climate change and land/forest biodiversity.