The Volta River Basin (VRB) is an important transboundary basin in West Africa that covers approximately 410,000 square kilometres across six countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo. Its natural resources sustain the livelihoods of its population and contribute to economic development. This book provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary review and assessment of the issues and challenges faced.
The authors provide a science-based assessment of current and future scenarios of water availability, the demands of key sectors, including agriculture and hydropower, and the environment under changing demographic, economic, social and climatic conditions. They also identify solutions and strategies that will allow available water resources to be sustainably used to improve agricultural productivity, food security and economic growth in the VRB. Overall, the work examines from a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder perspective the solutions and strategies to improve the use of water and other natural resources in the VRB to achieve enhanced food security, livelihoods and economic growth.
Part 1: Introduction 1. Introduction Timothy O. Williams, Marloes L. Mul, Charles Biney and Vladimir Smakhtin Part 2: Basin Resources: Trends, Drivers and Status 2. Socioeconomic Status, Trends and Drivers of Change Shashidhara Kolavalli and Timothy O. Williams 3. Surface Water Resources of the Volta Basin Marloes L. Mul, Raymond A. Kasei and Matthew McCartney 4. Groundwater Resources of the Volta Basin Emmanuel Obuobie, Boubacar Barry and William Agyekum 5. Climate Variability and Change over the Volta River Basin Mouhamadou B. Sylla, Frank O. Annor, Raymond A. Kasei and Mamadou L. Mbaye 6. Managing Floods and Droughts Raymond A. Kasei, Barnabas Amisigo and Marloes L. Mul Part 3: People, Policies and Institutions 7. Poverty, Vulnerability and Livelihoods in the Volta Basin: A Gendered Analysis Amy Sullivan, Elsie Odonkor and Nicoline de Haan 8. Water Governance in the Volta Basin Ben Ampomah, Winston Andah and Charles Biney Part 4: Challenges and Opportunities in the Use of Water Resources 9. Improving Agriculture and Food Security in the Volta Basin Augustine Ayantunde, Pamela G. Katic, Olufunke Cofie and Edward K. Abban 10. Urban and Industrial Development Daniel Van Rooijen, Ben Ampomah, Josiane Nikiema, Yacouba Noël Coulibaly and Lydie Yiougo 11. Water-Food-Energy Nexus and Hydropower Development Emmanuel O. Bekoe, Winston Andah, Frederick Y. Logah and Bedru B. Balana Part 5: Balancing Development and Nature 12. Ecosystem Services in the Volta Basin Fred Kizito and Bedru B. Balana 13. Environmental Flow Requirements in the Volta Basin Marloes L. Mul and Yongxuan Gao 14. Water Quality and Public Health Chris Gordon, Adelina Mensah, Josiane Nikiema and Pay Drechsel 15. Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in the Volta River Basin Timothy O. Williams, Jennie Barron and Olufunke Cofie Part 6: Governance and Livelihoods 16. Simulating Current and Future Volta Basin Water Development Scenarios Aditya Sood, Ousmane Seidou, Gerald Forkuor, Frank O. Annor and Matthew McCartney
"The diverse topics covered, contributed by leading researchers and senior policy makers in the basin, are presented with forward looking perspectives and recommendations on key strategies to inform planning and investment decisions at basin, national and regional levels to enhance food security, livelihoods, growth and sustainable management of natural resources. The book is essential for policy makers, development partners, students, researchers and those who work in public and non-governmental organizations to provide advice to farmers, as it will serve as a source of useful information and an important reference document." – From the Foreword by Hon. Dr Kwaku Agyemang Mensah, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Republic of Ghana