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The role of hunting in village livelihoods in the Ashanti region, Ghana

D Crookes, D Humphreys, F Masroh, B Tarchie, EJ Milner-Gulland
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 10, No 4 | a1059 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v10i4.1059 | © 2014 D Crookes, D Humphreys, F Masroh, B Tarchie, EJ Milner-Gulland | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 May 2014 | Published: 22 May 2014

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D Crookes, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
D Humphreys, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
F Masroh, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
B Tarchie, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
EJ Milner-Gulland, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

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Abstract

The article describes the results of two surveys conducted in six villages in the Ashanti region of Ghana.  The first was undertaken in August 2002 and the second during July 2004.  A total of 468 hunters and non-hunters were surveyed using targeted and systematic interviewing techniques.  The results indicate that hunting is an important contributor to total income in the villages, particularly for poorer households.  We find some evidence that hunting increases during lean periods, especially for hunters in the household survey.  Distance to Kumasi is a significant determinant of the number of animals sold on the market, and also influences the type of gear used for hunting.  Compliance with wildlife laws, notably species restrictions and the closed season is low, particularly amongst professional hunters.  

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