Dr. Yaw Agyeman Boafo

Profile

My research interest is on human-environment interactions focusing on assessing climate and ecosystem change vulnerability and resilience in both rural and urban settings.In the face of increasing vulnerability of rural households to environmental changes, my goal is to design and apply participatory methodologies to sustainability and sustainable development issues. Ultimately, I undertake solution-oriented research to generate outcomes, which will challenge stakeholders’ including local communities, development practitioners and policymakers to appreciate, advance and apply resilient, practical and sustainable mitigative and adaptive strategies to environmental challenges.

    Research Fellow / Lecturer

    Email: yboafo@ug.edu.gh

      Presently my teaching and research focus on:

      • Sustainability Science and Sustainable Development (Theory and Practice)
      • Integrated Climate and Ecosystem Change Assessment
      • Food systems (Food Security, Food Loss and Waste)
      • Environmental Management and Socio-Ecological Landscape Resilience

       

      Teaching Overview

      CCSD 609: Climate Change and Biodiversity

      CCSD 611: Population, Climate Change and Food Security

      CCSD 612: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

       

      Selected Academic Publications

      Articles in refereed journals

      1. Boafo, Y. A. Balde, B.S., Saito, O., Gasparatos, A., Lam, R.D., Ouedraogo, N., Chamba, E., & Moussa, Z.P. 2018. Stakeholder perceptions of the outcomes of reforms on the performance and sustainability of the cotton sector in Ghana and Burkina Faso: A tale of two countries. Cogent Food & Agriculture(1), 1477541. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311932.2018.1477541, Taylor and Francis​
      2. Owusu, K., Asiedu, A.B., Yankson, P.W.K. & Boafo, Y.A. 2018. Impacts of Ghana’s Bui dam hydroelectricity project on the livelihood of downstream non-resettled communities. Sustainability Science., (6) 1-13 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-018-0588-8, Springer
      3. Nsioh, M.N., Saito. O., Sato, A. Boafo, Y.A., & Jasaw, G.S. 2018. Traditional and Local Knowledge Practices for Disaster Risk Reduction in Northern Ghana.  Sustainability, 10 (3), 825. https://doi:10.3390/su10030825, MDPI
      4. Owusu, V., & Boafo, Y. A. 2018. Opportunities and Challenges for Multi-Level-Stakeholder Participation in Community-Based Ecotourism Development: The Case of the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Ghana. Journal of the Economic Geographical Society of Korea, 21(1), 53–68.​
      5. Jasaw, G. S., Saito, O., Gasparatos, A., Shoyama, K., Boafo, Y. A., & Takeuchi, K. 2017. Ecosystem services trade-offs from high fuelwood use for traditional shea butter processing in semi-arid Ghana. Ecosystem Services, 27, Part A, 127–138.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.09.003, Elsevier
      6. Lam, R.D., Boafo, Y.A., Degefa, S. Gasparatos, A., and Saito. O.S 2017. ‘Assessing the food security outcomes of industrial crop expansion in smallholder settings: insights from cotton production in Northern Ghana and sugarcane production in Central Ethiopia’. Sustainability Science (2017), 1-17.  https://doi: 10.1007/s11625-017-0449-x. , Springer
      7. Oteng-Yeboah A., Dunbar W., Boafo Y.A & Ichikawa K. 2016, ‘Securing biodiversity and ecosystem services in Africa: Notes from the 2015 Satoyama Initiative Regional Workshop in Accra, Ghana’, Bothalia 46 (1), 2030. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/abc.v46i1.2030. AOSIS Publishing 
      8. Boafo Y.A., Saito, O., Jasaw, G.S., Otsuki, K.& Takeuchi, K. 2016. Provisioning ecosystem services-sharing as a coping and adaptation strategy among rural communities in Ghana's semi-arid ecosystem. Ecosystem Services, 19, 92-102, ISSN 2212-0416, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.05.002.  Elsevier
      9. Boafo Y.A., Saito O., Kato, s., Kamiyama C., Takeuchi K., & Nakahara M. 2015. The role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecosystem services management: the case of four rural communities in Northern Ghana. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. 12 (1-2), pp.24-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21513732.2015.1124454.  Taylor and Francis
      10.  Antwi, E.K., Boakye-Danquah, J., Owusu, A.B. Loh, S.K., Mensah, R.  Boafo Y.A. &, Apronti, P.T. 2015. Community vulnerability assessment index for flood prone savannah agro-ecological zone: A case study of Wa West District, Ghana. Weather and Climate Extremes, 10 (2015), 56-69.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wace.2015.10.008. Elsevier
      11. Antwi, K, Otsuki K; Saito, O; Obeng, F; Gyekye, A.G, Boakye-Danquah J; Boafo Y.A. et al. 2014.  Developing a Community-Based Resilience Assessment Model with Reference to Northern Ghana. Journal of Integrated Disaster Risk Management, Vol. 4 (1): 73-92. http://idrimjournal.com/index.php/idrim/article/view/101. Integrated Disaster Risk Management 
      12. Boafo Y.A., Saito O., & Takeuchi K., 2014. Provisioning Ecosystem Services in Rural Savanna Landscapes of Northern Ghana. Assessment of Supply, Utilization and Drivers of Change.  Journal of Disaster Research, Vol. 9 (4), 501-515. Available at https://www.fujipress.jp/jdr/dr/dsstr000900040501/. Fuji Press
      13. Boafo Y.A, Asiedu A. B, Addo-Appeaning K., Antwi E.K., & Boakye-Danquah J. 2014. Assessing Landcover Changes from Coastal Tourism Development in Ghana: Evidence from the Kokrobite-Bortianor Coastline, Accra. Journal of Civil and Environment Research. Vol. 6 (6), 9-19. Available online at http://www.iiste.org/Journals/index.php/CER/article/view/13435
      14. Boafo Y.A, Jasaw G.S. & Dayour F.  2014. Exploring Some Social Dimensions to the Practice and Sustainability of Traditional Conservation Agriculture in Semi-Arid Ghana. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, Vol. 4 (10), 47-58. Available online at http://www.iiste.org/Journals/index.php/JEES/article/view/12974
      15. Jasaw G.S., Boafo Y.A & Lolig V. 2014. Factors Influencing the Adoption of Mucuna Pruriens as a Land Conservation Strategy, Evidence from Northern Ghana, Journal of Science, Technology and Environment; Vol. 4, (1). 1-11. Available online at http://sciencedex.com/j/ap_abstract.php?x=0&ap_id=4000145.

       

      Refereed Book Chapters

      1. Saito O., Boafo Y.A., Jasaw G.S. (2018). Toward Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: Evidence from Northern Ghana. In: Saito O., Kranjac-Berisavljevic G., Takeuchi K., A. Gyasi E. (eds) Strategies for Building Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Science for Sustainable Societies. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4796-1_1
      2. Saito O., Boafo Y.A., Jasaw G.S et al.  (2018). The Ghana Model for Resilience Enhancement in Semiarid Ghana: Conceptualization and Social Implementation. In: Saito O., Kranjac-Berisavljevic G., Takeuchi K., A. Gyasi E. (eds) Strategies for Building Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Science for Sustainable Societies. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4796-1_2
      3. Saito O., Boafo Y.A. et al. (2018). Internationalization and Localization of the Ghana Model: Lessons Learned, Opportunities for Upscaling, and Future Directions. In: Saito O., Kranjac-Berisavljevic G., Takeuchi K., A. Gyasi E. (eds) Strategies for Building Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Science for Sustainable Societies. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4796-1_18
      4. Boafo Y.A, Ichikawa, K. Dunbar, W., & Manago, C. (2016). Understanding current status, trends and efforts at revitalization of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes in Africa. Chapter 1 in Yaw Agyeman Boafo & Kaoru Ichikawa, (eds), Socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Tokyo, ISBN (Hardcopy) 978-92-808-4569-3 (eBook) 978-92-808-4564-8. Pp. 1-11. Available online at http://satoyama-initiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SEPLS-in-Africa_FINAL_lowres_web.pdf
      5. Boafo, Y.A. Ziem R, & Alhassan, A., (2016). Compound farming systems in semi-arid Ghana: a socio-ecological production landscape in decline. Chapter 6 in Boafo. Y.A. & Ichikawa, K. (eds), Socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Tokyo, ISBN (Hardcopy) 978-92-808-4569-3 (eBook) 978-92-808-4564-8. Pp. 44-51. Available online at http://satoyama-initiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SEPLS-in-Africa_FINAL_lowres_web.pdf

       

      Edited Book

      UNU-IAS & IR3S/UTIAS. 2016. Socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes in Africa (Yaw Agyeman Boafo & Kaoru Ichikawa, eds). United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Tokyo. August 2016 ISBN (Hardcopy) 978-92-808-4569-3; ISBN (eBook): 978-92-808-4564-8. Available online at http://satoyama-initiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SEPLS-in-Afric...

       

      Published Conference Papers

      1. Dam Lam, R., Boafo, Y.A., Degefa, S., and Saito, O., (2016). Food Security and Gender Equality under Industrial Crop Expansion in Ethiopia and Ghana. Environmental System Research Paper Lecture Collection/Civil Engineering Society, 44:2016. 159-164, ISSN 1345-9589