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  • Professor Joseph Awetori Yaro - Director of Regional Institute for Population Studies
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  • Heather Cameron, Canadaian High Commissioner to Ghana and Prof. Samuel Codjoe, Former Director of Regional Institute for Population Studies

•    Migration and development
•    Climate change adaptation
•    Agrarian Change and Sustainable rural livelihoods
•    Land Tenure Studies &Transnational land deals and rural livelihoods


Journal Articles

1.    Yaro Joseph Awetori, Teye Joseph Kofi & Torvikey Gertrude Dzifa (2017): Agricultural commercialisation models, agrarian dynamics and local development. in Ghana, The Journal of Peasant Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1259222
2.    Fuseini, I., Yaro, J. A., & Yiran, G. A. B. (2017). City profile: Tamale, Ghana. Cities, 60, Part B, 64-74. doi:
3.    Gertrude Dzifa Torvikey & Joseph Awetori Yaro & Joseph Kofi Teye, 2016."Farm to Factory Gendered Employment: The Case of Blue Skies Outgrower Scheme in Ghana," Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, Centre for Agrarian Research and Education for South, vol. 5(1), pages 77-97, April.
4.    Yaro, J. A., Teye, J. K., & Torvikey, G. D. (2016). Historical Context of Agricultural Commercialisation in Ghana: Changes in Land and Labour Relations. Journal of Asian and African Studies. doi: 10.1177/0021909616657368
5.    Awumbila, M., Teye, J. K., & Yaro, J. A. (2016). Social Networks, Migration Trajectories and Livelihood Strategies of Migrant Domestic and Construction Workers in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Asian and African Studies. doi: 10.1177/0021909616634743
6.    Awumbila, M., Teye, J. K., & Yaro, J. A. (2016). Of silent maids, skilled gardeners and careful madams: gendered dynamics and strategies of migrant domestic workers in Accra, Ghana. GeoJournal, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s10708-016-9711-5
7.     Joseph Awetori Yaro, Joseph Teye & Mariama Awumbila 2015: The life struggles and successes of the migrant construction worker in Accra, Ghana. Ghana Journal of Geography Vol. 7(2), Pages 113-131
8.    Joseph Awetori Yaro, Joseph Teye & Simon Bawakyillenuo 2014: Local institutions and adaptive capacity to climate change/variability in the northern savannah of Ghana. Climate and Development, DOI:10.1080/17565529.2014.951018
9.    Simon Bawakyillenuo, Joseph Awetori Yaro & Joseph Teye 2014: Exploring the autonomous adaptation strategies to climate change and climate variability in selected villages in the rural northern savannah zone of Ghana, Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2014.965671.
10.    Joseph Teye, Joseph Yaro, Simon Bawakyillenuo 2014. Local Farmers’ Experiences and Perceptions of Climate Change in the Northern Savannah Zone of Ghana. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. Accepted 01/09/14. In press.
11.    Tsikata, Dzodzi and Yaro, Joseph Awetori 2014. When a Good Business Model is Not Enough: Land Transactions and Gendered Livelihood Prospects in Rural Ghana, Feminist Economics, Vol. 20, No. 1, 202–226.
12.    Azabre, BA., Teye JK. & Yaro JA. 2013. Malaria control strategies in the Kassena-Nankana East and West Districts of Ghana. Ghana Journal of Geography Vol. 5, 102-120.
13.    Yaro. J. A. 2013. The perception of and adaptation to climate variability/change in Ghana by small-scale and commercial farmers. Regional Environmental Change. Volume 13, Issue 6, 1259-1272
14.    Yaro. J. A. and Dzodzi T. 2013. Savannah fires and local resistance to Transnational land deals: The case of Dipale in Northern Ghana. African Geographical Review. Vol. 32. No.1. pp. 72-87.
15.    Yaro. J. A. 2013. Neoliberal globalization and evolving local traditional institutions: implications for Access to resources in rural northern Ghana. Review of African Political Economy.  Vol. 40, No. 137, 410–427,
16.    Golo Ben-Willie Kwaku and Yaro Awetori Joseph 2013. Reclaiming Stewardship in Ghana: Religion and Climate Change. Nature and Culture, Volume 8, Number 3, 282-300(19).
17.    Owusu-Sekyere Ebenezer, Kanton Issaka Osumanu and Yaro Joseph Awetori 2013. Dompoase Landfill in the Kumasi Metropolitan Area of Ghana: A ‘Blessing’ or a ‘Curse’? International Journal of Current Trends in Research (2013) 2 (1): 87-96.
18.    Yaro, J. A. (2012): ‘Re-inventing traditional land tenure in the era of land commoditization: some consequences in periurban northern Ghana’, Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 94 (4): 351–368.
19.    Yaro. J. A.  and Hesselberg J. 2010. Poverty and land degradation linkages in the Developing World. Ghana Journal of Geography Vol. 2. Pp. 25-46.
20.    Yaro. J. A.  and Hesselberg J. 2010. The contours of rural poverty in Northern Ghana: Implications for food and nutritional security. Research Review Vol. 26 No.1. pp. 81-111.
21.    Yaro, J. A. 2010. Customary tenure systems under siege: contemporary access to land in Northern Ghana. Geojournal: Vol. 75. Pp. 199-214. Springer. DOI 10.1007/s10708-009-9301x.
22.    Yaro, J. A. 2009. The dilemma of the peasant: Macroeconomic squeeze and internal contradictions in Northern Ghana. Ghana Social Science Journal. Vol. 5&6. No.1&2. pp. 27-61. Legon.
23.    Yaro, J. A. and Abraham Z. 2009. Customary land tenure, Investment and livelihoods adaptation in Northern Ghana. Ogua Journal of Social Science (JOSS) Vol. 4. No.3.pp. 59-82. Cape Coast.
24.    Yaro. J. A.  2008. An examination of theories on Savannasation and the peasant-environment debate. West African Journal of Applied Ecology. Vol. 13: 1-20. ECOLAB, Legon
25.    Yaro. J. A.  2007.  Peasant livelihoods and land degradation: Evidence from a participatory assessment in the Gia-Kajelo Community in Northern Ghana. West African Journal of Applied Ecology. Vol. 11: 109-128. ECOLAB, Legon
26.    Hesselberg J. and Yaro. J. A.  2006. An assessment of the extent and causes of food insecurity in northern Ghana using a livelihood vulnerability framework. Geojournal. Vol. 67: 41-55. Springer
27.    Yaro. J. A. 2006. Is Deagrarianisation Real? A study of livelihood activities in Rural Northern Ghana. Journal of Modern African Studies. Vol. 44, (1) 125-156. Cambridge University Press
28.    Yaro. J. A. 2005. Causality in Food Insecurity Research: A Critical Realist Approach. Scandinavian Journal of Geography. Vol. 55, 32-43. UMEA, Denmark
29.    Yaro. J. A. 2004. Theorising Food Insecurity: Building a Livelihood Vulnerability Framework for researching food insecurity. Norwegian Journal of Geography. Vol. 58, 23-37. Francis and Taylor, UK
30.    Yaro. J. A. 2002. The Poor Peasant: One Label, Different Lives: The Dynamics of rural livelihood Strategies in the Gia-Kajelo community, Ghana. Norwegian Journal of Geography. Vol. 56, 10-20. Francis and Taylor, UK Books
31.    Yaro. J. A. & Hesselberg J. (Eds) 2017: Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Rural West Africa. Springer.
32.    Asuelime, Lucky., Yaro, Joseph., Francis, Suzanne (Eds.) 2014. Selected Themes in African Development Studies: Economic Growth, Governance and the Environment. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-06021-7 (Print) 978-3-319-06022-4 (Online)
33.    Yaro. J. A. (ed) 2013. Rural Development in northern Ghana. Nova Science publishers, New York.

Book Chapters

34.    Joseph Awetori Yaro, Joseph Teye & Simon Bawakyillenuo 2017: An assessment of determinants of adaptive capacity to climate change/variability in the rural savannah of Ghana. In Yaro. J. A. & Hesselberg J. Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Rural West Africa. Springer.
35.    Yaro, Joseph Awetori and Tsikata, Dzodzi 2015. Recent Transnational Land Deals and the Local Agrarian Economy in Ghana. In Hall, R., Scoones, I., Tsikata, D., 2015. Africa’s land rush: rural livelihoods and agrarian change. James Currey, Martlesham, UK. Chapter 3: 46-64.
36.    Yaro, J. A. (2016). Squaring Growth with Green Transition in Africa’s Automobile Sector. Energy and Transport in Green Transition: Perspectives on Ecomodernity. A. Midttun and N. Witoszek. New York, Routledge: 152-173.
37.    Agyei-Mensah, Samuel., Yaro Joseph A., Mensah, Joseph 2014. Change and Continuity in the Practice and Development of Geography in Ghana. In Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Joseph Atsu Ayee, Abena D. Oduro, (eds) Changing Perspectives on the Social Sciences in Ghana. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht. Pp. 51-74.
38.    Gyasi, Edwin A., Yaro, Joseph Awetori., and Owusu, Alex B. 2013. 'Central Themes, Concepts, and Methodologies of Geography', in George Owusu, et al. (eds.), Selected Readings in Geography. Woeli Publishing Services, Accra. Pp. 1-16.
39.    Yaro, Joseph Awetori 2013. 'Transnational Agricultural Investments/Land Grabbing: A Contemporary Solution or Challenge for Rural Development in Ghana?', in George Owusu, et al. (eds.), Selected Readings in Geography. Woeli Publishing Services, Accra. Pp. 63-178.
40.    Yaro. J. A.  2013. The story of northern Ghana. In J. A Yaro (ed.) Rural Development in northern Ghana. Nova Science publishers, New York. 1-16
41.    Yaro. J. A.  2013. Rural livelihoods at a cross-roads in northern Ghana. In J. A Yaro (ed.) Rural Development in northern Ghana. Nova Science publishers, New York. 83-100
42.    Abraham Z. and Yaro. J. A. 2013. Commercialization of Land Tenure Systems in Northern Ghana: The Dynamics and Drivers. In J. A Yaro (ed.) Rural Development in northern Ghana. Nova Science publishers, New York. 191-206
43.    Yaro J. A. 2000: Population growth, environmental problems and development in the South. In Hovedfagarsbok, Samfunnsgeografi. Tore J. et al. (Eds) Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Pp 85-104.

Technical Papers

44.    Steve Wiggins, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler and Joseph Yaro 2018. Rural Transitions, Non-Farm Rural Economies and Rural–Urban Links. APRA Working Paper.
45.    Joseph Awetori Yaro, Joseph Teye & Charles Nyaaba 2018. The Smallholder Farmer in Ghana’s Food Systems. CEDRAI Technical Paper 1., commissioned by the PFAG, and sponsored by OSIWA.
46.    Joseph Awetori Yaro, Joseph Teye 2017. A baseline survey of farmers’ access to quality seeds and fertilizers for sustainable enterprises in Ghana. Research commissioned by the The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG). Sponsored by AGRA.
47.    James Sumberg, Nana Akua Anyidoho, Michael Chasukwa, Blessings Chinsinga, Jennifer Leavy, Getnet Tadele, Stephen Whitfield, and Joseph Yaro 2014. Young people, agriculture, and employment in rural Africa. WIDER Working Paper 2014/080. World Institute for Development Economics Research. UNU-WIDER.
48.    Yaro, J. A., & Bawakyillenuo, S. (2012). Irrigated Agriculture and Poverty Reduction in Northern Ghana - The Case of Botanga Irrigation Project. In IDEG (Ed.), Agriculture and Social Deveopment in Ghana- Some Policy Issues. Accra.
49.    Yaro. J. A. et al. (Eds.) 2011. Migration and Population Dynamics: Changing Community Formations in Ghana.  Centre for Migration Studies, Technical Paper No. 2.  Sub-Saharan Publishers, Accra.
50.    Yaro J. A., Dogbe, T. D., Bizikova, L., Bailey, P., Ahiable, G., Yahaya, T. and K. A. Salam. 2010. The Social Dimensions of Adaptation to Climate Change in Ghana. Economics of adaptation to climate change. World Bank Discussion paper number 15. December 2010. Washington DC.
51.    Yaro J A. 2009. Stakeholder analysis of climate change in Ghana. In Atle Midttun (ed.) Stakeholders on climate change: North & South Perspectives. Report nr. 3. CERES21‐Creative Responses to Sustainability, Oslo. Pages 49-84.
52.    Yaro J. A and Zackariah A 2008. Evolution of customary land tenure systems and sustainable livelihoods in northern Ghana. Research report for the Land Tenure and Land Policy Research Project. No. 88. Accra, ISSER.
53.    Joseph Yaro, Francis Jarawura and Charles Nyaaba 2015. The Export Trade, Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF): A Blessing To Smallholder Farmers? Research commissioned by the The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG).

National Policy Documents

54.    Co-Author in the preparation of Ghana’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Ministry of Science and Environment and Environmental Protection Agency. 2010
55.    Co-Author of the chapter on ‘Migration and Climate Change’ for the Ghana National Climate Change Policy (NCCP). Ministry Of Environment, Science And Technology, Accra. 2013

Book Reviews

56.    Yaro. J A. 2002.  Lourenco-Lindell I: Walking the tight rope: informal livelihoods and social networks in a West African City. Department of Human Geography, University of Stockholm. Pages 275. In Environment and Planning A 34 (12), 2255-2256. Pion Ltd, London.



Introduction/Subject Overview or Course Description

The course is designed to introduce students first to the scope of Demography as a discipline vis-à-vis Population Studies and to show how sub-Saharan Africa varies demographically from the rest of the world. It further discusses the main sources of demographic data for analysis and provides students with the basic understanding of the importance of generating high level quality data for demographic analysis. It also introduces students to the main sources of demographic data including population censuses, demographic sample surveys and civil registration systems and the processes involved in the conduct of each one as well as the factors that contribute to the errors that may be found to be inherent in them, their relevance, strengths and weaknesses in demographic analysis. The course is also intended to train students on the techniques of data evaluation, interpolation and adjustment to minimize data errors and improve on data quality for demographic analysis.

Course Objective/Goals:

The main objective of the course is to equip students with an excellent knowledge on the major sources of demographic data and how to ensure that high quality data are collected for demographic analysis in order to ensure confidence in the results produced from using these data. It has the following specific objectives:

  1. Introduce students to the main sources of demographic data and the errors associated with each of them
  2. Equip students with the knowledge and skills to minimize data errors in the field and during analysis
  3. Provide students with excellent knowledge in techniques of data evaluation and adjustment to ensure that data errors are minimized as far as possible.


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Introduction/Subject Overview or Course Description
Demography is the scientific study of human population. When it is studied in relation to other disciplines it is called population studies, the main preoccupation of which is to explain the changes that take place in the population itself and the components of such change which are fertility, mortality and migration. The course is designed to introduce students to basic concepts of demographic measurement and modelling used to study changes that take place in the population. The course covers basic measures of mortality, fertility and migration; life table construction; multiple decrement life tables; stable populations; and population projections. Students will learn to apply demographic methods through a series of weekly problem sets.

Course Objective/Goals:
Students will leave the course with a solid grounding in the sources of demographic data, and the construction and interpretation of basic demographic indicators such as growth rates, mortality rates, life expectancy and total fertility rate.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will:
1.    be able to use the computer to do simple population analysis
2.    be able to create useful tables and figures for analyses in Microsoft Excel
3.    be able to create formulas and templates for calculating life tables, and component population projections, in Microsoft Excel.
4.    be able to know about the main ways in which fertility, marriage, mortality and migration may be measured and analysed;
5.    be able to utilise advanced life tables for understanding various survivorships and life expectancies;
6.    know when to use various demographic measurements, depending on the situation and type of analysis;
7.    be able to interpret advanced life tables;
8.    be able to develop a sensible component population projection model for a particular area or country;

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