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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Effects of Poverty Reduction Strategies on Artisanal Fishing in Ghana: The Case of Keta Municipality
Author(s): Dzidza, Peter Mawunyo
Jackson, Ian
Normanyo, Ametefee K
Walsh, Michael
Keywords: poverty
poverty reduction and fishing communities
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Dzidza PM, Jackson I, Normanyo AK & Walsh M (2017) The Effects of Poverty Reduction Strategies on Artisanal Fishing in Ghana: The Case of Keta Municipality, Journal of Sustainable Development, 10 (3), pp. 68-80.
Abstract: This paper assesses the level of poverty in Ghana after three decades of successive implementation of numerous poverty reduction strategies including Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) by various governments of Ghana. The Keta municipality in the Volta region, where artisanal fishing thrives, was chosen as a representative sample of the whole country. The authors identified eleven artisanal fishing communities in the selected area using systematic sampling. Data were collected on household consumption patterns. This process was used to determine the profile of poverty using the latest upper poverty line of Ghana and the Greer and Thorbecke (1984) poverty formula. Research findings show that the various poverty alleviation methods implemented over three decades by the Government of Ghana, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) significantly failed as they have not produced any meaningful effect on poverty reduction in the sample area. Finally, this paper offers further suggestions regarding how this poverty gap may be bridged using alternative methods.
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Rights: Copyright (c) 2017 peter M Dzidza This is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (

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