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Restoring farmers through land valuation and compensation plan

Agriculture has remained the backbone of Ghana’s economy for more than three decades now with significant contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and providing more than 50 per cent employment to the labour force. It has been the age old trade from cutlasses, hoes and smaller farming inputs …

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Ghana needs to build resilient coastal and fishing communities

The recent disasters occurring in parts of Accra like James Town, Bortianor, Tsokomey and Ada areas as a result of coastal flooding have left coastal dwellers, particularly fisher folks, very vulnerable. These events occur periodically during extremely high tides and also when there are high waves and storm events at …

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Of fake degrees and journals – The inconvenient conversation African universities must have

The ongoing discourse on the credibility of some doctoral degrees and the credibility of the institutions that confer them has exposed the vulnerability of our institutions—especially our educational institutions and their administrators to substandard academic practices, manipulation of academic processes, and the outright use of subterfuge by some individuals to …

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Made in Ghana – The Country of origin perceptions in branding

Country of origin (COO) may automatically generate positive perceptions about a brand, a product or a service. Just like brands, nations have equity they can leverage to differentiate and position products and services hence the relevance of the Country of Origin as a tool for branding. This article focuses on …

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Babies on alcohol

Doreen, 20, sits quietly with tiny beads of sweat quivering near her hairline. It’s hot in the doctor’s office – she has come to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, to speak with Dr Ebenezer Badoe. Dr Badoe, a paediatric neurologist at the Hospital’s Child Health Department, asked:    “How are …

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The worrying trend of fibroid in Ghana

The records are frightening, but it is true that three to five cases of fibroid are operated daily at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital alone. It is also a fact that out of every three women in the country, one has fibroid, but despite these chilling records, there is less information …

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Five years of resettlement; Bui residents tell their story

Barely five years ago the Bui Power Authority (BPA), managers of the Bui hydro-electric dam in the Banda District of Brong-Ahafo Region resettled a total population of 1,216 fisher folks. They live at the shoulders of the 400 megawatts power generation dam. In all seven villages including the Bui Camp, …

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A child with cerebral palsy has possibilities in life

I had an opportunity to talk to a pastor of a well-known church in Ghana about cerebral palsy (CP), as part of an advocacy and awareness creation project I am working on. The pastor whose church is known for organising charity for people with disability, including free medical screening for …

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How realistic is agricultural modernisation in Ghana?

Agriculture is the bedrock of any meaningful national industrialisation effort, and engages more than 60 per cent of Ghana’s working population. Therefore, the incalculable importance of agriculture in Ghana cannot be overemphasized, because agriculture provides the very survival needs of Ghanaians and contributes substantially to the Gross Domestic Product. The …

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Is the media an oxymoron for governance? (Part 2)

Accountability drifts from the notion of good governance, which is premised on the expectation that office holders will demonstrate behaviours and attitudes that are in conformity with the principles of transparency, efficiency, and integrity. Because accountability is in one breath related to the justification of decisions and actions, public officials …

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