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2010 (Vol. 2, Issue: 2)
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Relationship Between Food Security and Irrigation Dams: The Case of Sissala West District in Upper West Region, Ghana

B.A.Z. Abu, A.K. Anderson, F. Vuvor and M. Steiner-Asiedu
Corresponding Author:  Matilda Steiner Asiedu 

Key words:  Anaemia, intervention, food security, irrigation culture, household, dam,
Vol. 2 , (2): Page No: 123-126
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2009 December, 11 2010 January, 11 2010 March, 10
Abstract:

The study was to quantify the effect of Plan Ghana assisted irrigation dams on food security in the Sissala West District, Ghana. The sample (N = 397 households) consisted of three groups of communities; 1- and 2-year intervention groups and a control group. Anaemia was assessed using the heamocue system and interviews conducted using structured questionnaire. We found that participants who had used the dam for 1 year were about 3 times more likely to be food secure (OR= 0.0228; 95 % CI: 0.012-0.063) whereas those who had used the dam for 2 years were about 5 times more likely to be food secure (OR=0.045; 95% CI: 0.020-0.101) compared to the control community. W e also found that 26, 30.3 and 20.4% of the women in 2-, 1-year intervention groups and control communities respectively were anaemic. The dams had positive effects on food security. The full potential of the project was however, not exploited. W e recommend more education on the irrigation culture.
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B.A.Z. Abu, A.K. Anderson, F. Vuvor and M. Steiner-Asiedu, 2010. Relationship Between Food Security and Irrigation Dams: The Case of Sissala West District in Upper West Region, Ghana.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 2(2): Page No: 123-126.
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