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Resolving farmer-herder conflict in Agogo traditional area of Ghana: an assessment of the government policy of expulsion


Violent conflicts, particularly farmer-herder conflicts have, for a long time, been a serious security problem in Agogo Traditional Area of Ghana. This paper explores “Operation Cowleg”, the local community and national level response in dealing with the conflict. However, the study confirms that the policy is not sustainable for two main reasons: i.e (i) most of the cattle are owned by influential Ghanaians with competing interest in the cattle business in Agogo and (ii) the ECOWAS1 protocol. Based on the findings, the study recommends the following short, medium and long terms solutions: dialogue and settlement committee, creation of buffer zone, socialisation and integration, distribution and relocation, ranching system and proper land arrangement.