Journal of Energy and Natural Resource Management http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal <p>The Journal of Energy and Natural Resource Management (JENRM) (ISSN Online: 2616-1648) is published by the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani, Ghana since 2014. JENRM is a multidisciplinary educational research platform dedicated to bringing scientists the best research and key information in the fields of engineering, natural resources, sciences, geosciences, agriculture, mathematics, energy, advances in computers and technology. JENRM adopts a highly rigorous double-blind peer-review to evaluate manuscripts for scientific, engineering or technical novelty and relevance. JENRM is an Open Access scholarly refereed research journal which aims to promote theory and practice in energy, engineering, sciences and environmental resource management and governance.</p> University of Energy and Natural Resources en-US Journal of Energy and Natural Resource Management 2026-6189 Residential Segregated Communities and Neighbourhood Conditions in Kumasi, Ghana http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal/article/view/188 <p>Residential segregation defined as the extent to which individuals from different groups occupy and experience different social environments has emerged and progressively gaining patronage globally. Ghana has records of the emergence of residential segregated communities with little research and documentation on same. Accordingly, this study establishes the premise on which segregation of residential settlements has been informed in the city Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, and identifies its effects to inform decision-making for effective management of the city. Using mix method approach, the study collected data from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and 108 sample households across nine suburbs in Kumasi. The study found that residential segregation is emerging in the metropolis. Residential segregated communities in Kumasi have relatively better amenities and services compared to non-segregated communities. Also, there is no legislative framework for managing residential segregation. The study therefore recommends the formulation of spatial policies and legislative framework in the form of housing diversification to sustainably manage residential segregation for the benefit of the Kumasi metropolis.</p> Pearl Afriyie Amankwah Copyright (c) 2022 JENRM https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2022-05-04 2022-05-04 8 1 1 8 10.26796/jenrm.v8i1.188 Effects of fertilizer adoption on household welfare: The case of cereal farmers in Ghana http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal/article/view/189 <p>This paper provides evidence on the causal effect of fertilizer adoption on the welfare of households that cultivate cereals. The data comes from a 2012 survey by the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI) on farmers in 8 districts of Ghana. A total of 4,521 cereal farmers were retrieved from the dataset. The study adopts a propensity score matching (PSM) technique to compare the welfare of farmers that use fertilizer on their farms to those that do not use fertilizer. Results indicate that fertilizer adoption by cereal farmers leads to significant gains in total expenditure, annual expenditure on food and non-alcoholic products, and value of non-farm assets. The study finds more welfare gains in fertilizer adoption for cereal farmers that cultivate rice, millet, and sorghum but finds inconclusive evidence for farmers that cultivate maize. The study concludes by recommending policymakers to design an effective strategy that will increase fertilizer application on millet, rice, and sorghum.</p> Enmanuel Adu Boahen Copyright (c) 2022 JENRM https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2022-05-04 2022-05-04 8 1 9 16 10.26796/jenrm.v8i1.189 Modelling Customer Switching for Banks in Ghana http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal/article/view/194 Bright Karim-Abdallah Emmanuel Harris Reginald Djimatey Copyright (c) 2022 JENRM https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2022-04-30 2022-04-30 8 1 17 26 10.26796/jenrm.v8i1.194 Educational News Reportage in Newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria: A Contrastive Content Analysis http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal/article/view/195 <p>Education is the substratum of development of any society because it equips the drivers of development with the wherewithal to perform their tasks. Therefore, this content analysis study compared how the Daily Guide and Ghanaian Times newspapers of Ghana, and The Guardian and Punch newspapers of Nigeria, reported education issues in late 2020 and 2021. The study, which was cabled on the Status Conferral theory of the media, set out to determine the extent of reportage given to education issues by the selected newspapers; to identify the story genres used in reporting education issues, and to ascertain if these journals<br>gave prominence to education-related issues. Results revealed that adequate reportage was not given to education issues. Also, the four newspapers used more straight news stories in their reportage. Further, the study found that the newspapers did not give prominence to education issues. It was consequently recommended, among others, that newspapers should address the various issues that have to do with education. The paper also suggests how to improve the standard of education specifically in the sub-Sahara region and generally in the African continent; that newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria should report more about education issues with all the genre of story types available, and that, just as the status conferral theory dictates, newspapers should report a lot about education to draw the attention of stakeholders and make it a topic of discussion in both nations. One of the ways to achieve this is to give education-related stories, enough prominence.</p> Jammy Seigha Guanah Andrew Ali Ibbi Copyright (c) 2022 JENRM https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2022-04-30 2022-04-30 8 1 27 37 10.26796/jenrm.v8i1.195 Placing languages and culture in interventions for sustainable national development in Ghana http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal/article/view/192 Stella Afi Makafui Yegblemenawo Mavis Antiri Kodua Richard Baffour Okyere Copyright (c) 2022 JENRM https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2022-04-30 2022-04-30 8 1 38 53 10.26796/jenrm.v8i1.192 Human rights and the gender dynamics of climate change in Ghana: The legal and policy dimensions http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal/article/view/191 Rachel Yeboah Nketiah Copyright (c) 2022 JENRM https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2022-04-30 2022-04-30 8 1 54 66 10.26796/jenrm.v8i1.191 Connecting Traditional Belief Systems, Natural Resource Conservation and Sustainability in West Gonja Traditional Area of Ghana http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal/article/view/193 <p>The role of culture and traditional belief systems in natural resource conservation and sustainability is a critical component of the West Gonja Traditional Area's natural resources and environmental sustainability. This study, therefore, examines how culture and traditional belief systems are used in natural resource conservation and sustainability in Ghana using the Gonja traditional area as a case study. Oral traditions, observation, visitation, and other written materials were mostly used to gather literature. Open-ended and closed-ended interview guide was sent out to the traditional chiefs, guardians (custodians) and sub-chiefs. Interviews were also conducted with sacred groves owners, shrine owners, rivers, forests owners, landowners and the overlord of the traditional area (Yagbonwurah). Taboos and belief systems, according to the study, can be a required and complementary instrument in creating a sustainable social order and moral rectitude in modern times. The study identified taboos, myths, beliefs, proverbs, exile or banishment, death threats, barrenness, traditional communication and songs as belief systems that are mostly used for the conservation and sustainability of natural resources. To effectively conserve and sustain natural resources, policymakers must incorporate internationally driven, geographically targeted, multidisciplinary, and inclusive policies that emphasize the empowerment of cultural and traditional belief systems.</p> Zakaria Shanunu Adams Sulemana Achanso Eliasu Mumuni Copyright (c) 2022 JENRM https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2022-04-30 2022-04-30 8 1 67 75 10.26796/jenrm.v8i1.193 Rural livelihoods and large scale land acquisition for development projects in Ghana: Experiences from the Bui Dam Construction http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal/article/view/190 Samuel Kingsford Twene Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei Isaac Verberk Mensah Copyright (c) 2022 JENRM https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2022-04-30 2022-04-30 8 1 76 85 10.26796/jenrm.v8i1.190 Climate change adaptation strategies of smallholder farmers in the Mamprugu-moaduri district of Ghana http://jenrm.uenr.edu.gh/index.php/uenrjournal/article/view/196 Mumuni Yahaya Peter Damoah-Afari Caleb Mensah Naomi Kumi Nana Agyemang Prempeh Prisca Ama Anima Copyright (c) 2022 JENRM https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2022-04-30 2022-04-30 8 1 86 94 10.26796/jenrm.v8i1.196