Species diversity and threats to conservation of domesticated flora in the upper west region-Ghana

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Science-University College of Science, Osmania University-Hyderabad, India
  • 2Department of Botany-University College of Science, Osmania University-Hyderabad, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 6, Issue (7), Pages 29-40, July,22 (2017)

Abstract

Relying on survey research design the study systematically sampled 13 communities in Upper West region taking into consideration, natural resources endowments such as fertile agricultural lands for cultivation. By means of simple random sampling, the study selected 160 domesticated food crop cultivators for an interaction through questionnaire administration. Other data collection methods were direct observation, photography and key informant interviews. The study identifies that diverse domesticated flora species are cultivated in Upper West region with their importance ranging from income, food, and raw materials to pleasure. It is also apparent in the study that modern scientific and traditional methods are used in conserving domesticated flora species with threats to conservation ranging from pest to diseases. The study concludes that, irrespective of threats to conservation of domesticated flora species, modern scientific and indigenous methods of conservation are instrumental in trying to promote sustainability.

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