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The return of slave descendants – Through the Door of No Return

In the land formerly called the Gold Coast, European castles lined up the shores like invading aliens. The castles were built as early as the fifteenth century and were used by the Portuguese, Dutch, Danes and British to imprison and ship out slaves across the shores of Africa. The slaves …

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Ghana: Achieving economic growth with job creation

In 2011, Ghana’s economy was described as one of the fastest growing economies in the world and achieved a lower middle-income status after the rebasing of the national income figures. This calls for celebration, except that underneath the growth numbers lies the troubling phenomenon of unemployment. Economic growth is necessary …

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Africa: A growing economy with no money

It’s a known fact that Africa’s economy is growing in leaps and bounds but that growth is yet to have an impact on the ordinary person walking on the streets of say, Nairobi, Accra, or Lagos. For the first time, Africa’s per capita GDP crossed the $1000 barrier and major …

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Profiteering landlords and accommodation shortage in Sunyani Municipality

The demand for accommodation in the Sunyani Municipality has exceeded supply in recent years as a result of insufficient decent housing in relation to population increase, particularly in the Sunyani township and its environs. The situation has gradually sky-rocketed the cost of accommodation because landlords have cashed in and are …

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Feature: Curbing hunger, Ghana must go biotech

There is hunger on the faces of many people, and signs of malnutrition evident in kwashiorkor. In many parts of the country anaemia and stunted growth are common phenomena. However, the many preventable and avoidable diseases that kill children indicate that as a country we need an intervention to improve …

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Project aims to turn food residue into profit making ventures

The long search for Ghana to add value to waste by turning it into profit making ventures, is yielding good results and the agriculture sector had shown the way by focusing on yam and cassava residue. Thanks to the Gains from Losses of Root and Tuber Crops (GRATITUDE), the country …

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Should Ghana go for GM crops to feed 25 million people?

Introduction After Ghana became a signatory to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in 1992, the country is under obligation to implement anything under this protocol, especially when the country has passed into law the Biosafety Bill (Act 831) on December 31, 2011. However, the National Biosafety Authority (NBA), which the …

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Op-Ed: Tax and transparency – An agenda for G8

In recent years international lawyers and accountants have built a web of corporate opacity which has enabled tax avoidance and corruption on an alarming scale. Private financial wealth sitting in tax havens has grown to around $21 trillion, of which $9 trillion is from developing countries. Some [miniscule] jurisdictions, such …

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Sota – A land between two streams but dying of thirst

It is not an exactly cool morning. The sun is up already, but the green canopy of the trees all around, have provided a welcome serenity and shade that unfortunately bellies the predicament this beautiful community finds itself in. Sota, a village near Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku district of …

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Energy conservation, key to sustainable power use in Ghana

The energy crisis in the country has brought forth varying opinions on how to bring the crisis to a halt and prevent any similar unpleasant experiences in future. Ghanaians from all walks of life have contributed to discussions on the issue on radio, television, in newspapers and social media among …

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