The causal nexus between carbon dioxide emissions and agricultural ecosystem-an econometric approach

Asumadu-Sarkodie S., Owusu P. A.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH, vol.24, no.2, pp.1608-1618, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11356-016-7908-2
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1608-1618
  • Keywords: Agriculture, Econometrics, Cointegration analysis, Carbon dioxide emissions, Ghana, NITROUS-OXIDE EMISSIONS, CLIMATE-CHANGE, N2O EMISSIONS, GAS EMISSIONS, SOIL, METAANALYSIS, GROWTH, GHANA, TIME, CO2


Achieving a long-term food security and preventing hunger include a better nutrition through sustainable systems of production, distribution, and consumption. Nonetheless, the quest for an alternative to increasing global food supply to meet the growing demand has led to the use of poor agricultural practices that promote climate change. Given the contribution of the agricultural ecosystem towards greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this study investigated the causal nexus between carbon dioxide emissions and agricultural ecosystem by employing a data spanning from 1961 to 2012. Evidence from long-run elasticity shows that a 1 % increase in the area of rice paddy harvested will increase carbon dioxide emissions by 1.49 %, a 1 % increase in biomass-burned crop residues will increase carbon dioxide emissions by 1.00 %, a 1 % increase in cereal production will increase carbon dioxide emissions by 1.38 %, and a 1 % increase in agricultural machinery will decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 0.09 % in the long run. There was a bidirectional causality between carbon dioxide emissions, cereal production, and biomass-burned crop residues. The Granger causality shows that the agricultural ecosystem in Ghana is sensitive to climate change vulnerability.