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.

Using Scenario Building and Participatory Mapping to Negotiate Conservation-Development Trade-Offs in Northern Ghana

In multifunctional landscapes, expanding economic activities jeopardise the integrity of biodiverse ecosystems, generating conservation-development trade-offs that require multi-stakeholder dialogue and tools to negotiate conflicting objectives. Despite the rich literature on participatory mapping and other tools to reveal different stakeholder perspectives, there is limited evidence on the application of such tools in landscape-scale negotiations.
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