The Volta River Basin: Water for Food, Economic Growth and Environment, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Volta River Basin

Water for Food, Economic Growth and Environment, 1st Edition

Edited by Timothy O. Williams, Marloes Mul, Charles A. Biney, Vladimir Smakhtin


282 pages | 117 Color Illus. | 55 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Timothy O. Williams is Director for Africa at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Accra, Ghana.

Marloes L. Mul is a Senior Researcher in Hydrology and Water Resources at the IWMI, Accra, Ghana.

Charles A. Biney is Acting Executive Director of the Volta Basin Authority, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Vladimir Smakhtin was Head of the Water Availability, Risk and Resilience Research Department at IWMI, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is now the Director of the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

About the Series

Earthscan Series on Major River Basins of the World

Large river basins are dynamic and complex entities. Defined by hydrological boundaries, they are nearly always shared by more than one country. Encompassing a diverse range of landscapes with often huge temporal and spatial variability of resources, they are put to different and often conflicting uses, and managed by a range of institutions and organisations. While an intrinsic part of Nature, many have been extensively engineered and used by people, often with adverse consequences. Each major river basin has its own development trajectory and often fascinating history. Bringing together multidisciplinary teams of experts, this series explores these complex issues, identifies knowledge gaps and examines potential development pathways towards greater sustainability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Rivers