PERSPECTIVE AND RELATIONSHIP QUESTION OF INTRACTABLE FARMER-HERDER CONFLICTS IN GHANA, AFRICA
Cultural factors underpin most of the intractable farmer-herder conflicts in Africa, as in Ghana.
Nonetheless, these factors gained limited scholarly attention. This paper examines the infamous farmerherder conflict in the Asante-Akyem District of the Ashanti Region. Four hundred respondents
cumulatively were randomly and purposely selected in a mixed study design. A cross-tabulation was ran
to determine the extent to which differences in nationality, religion, norms, values, and stereotyping
played roles in the conflict. The study found that; 94.7% of farmers, 88.7% of herders, 87.9% of middle
persons’ group, and 83.3% of chiefs and cattle owners respectively, agreed that the differences in these
variables are the prime cultural factors that have sustained the conflict and impeded its resolution. The
study recommends a re-socialisation of Fulani herders and their host communities by conflict experts
and other stakeholders through workshops to foster healthy co-existence in their diversities.
Keywords: Farmer-Herders, Conflict, Cultural Variabilities, Intractability, Resolution
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