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Ghana’s Jatropha conundrum- Begging for more answers

Ghana is already making history as it leads in Africa’s Jatropha investment story Indeed, Ghana is a remarkable country for making history in Africa south of the Sahara. The country often stands out for the best and worst in both what is imaginable and unimaginable. The country is the first …

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Update: Any lessons for Ghana in India’s jatropha failure?

Would a jatropha crisis hit the world just as the current global economic crisis hit most nations unprepared? Some analysts are arguing that, the level of the impact of the crisis is so because early warning signals were ignored, and lessons in economic failures of the past were never learned. …

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Land management in Ghana: Some knotty issues

The issue of land management, ownership and security have assumed prominent spots in Ghana today. Conflicts arising from land titles, have led to the emergency of phenomena that were hitherto, unknown in this country. Phenomena such as; land guards and armed conflicts leading to gruesome murders, the razing down of …

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The Kofi Annan interview in This Day

In between sessions at the THISDAY Festival of Ideas, I got a short and interesting interview with Secretary- General Kofi Atta Annan, in his hotel room. Diplomacy at its best: Kofi Annan, who was for eight years the world’s number one diplomat, was warm, accommodating and very polished and graceful …

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Fifty tons of cocaine transported through West Africa yearly

West Africa is an unlikely center for the international cocaine trade. It is not a producer of the drug nor is it a consumer, as the vast majority of its people are very poor. Yet a startling 50 tons of cocaine is transported through West Africa each year, according to …

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Ghana’s growth rate for 2008 was 6.2%

Growth rate for the Ghanaian economy for the 2008 fiscal year has now been pegged at a modest 6.2%, as opposed to the September 2008 projection that pegged it at 6.7%. Available data through April and projections up to September 2008 had earlier indicated a provisional growth rate of 6.3% …

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Successful branding: Why Coca Cola is top brand in the world

Coca Cola has been the leading brand in the world for eight years running and probably would remain so for many years because the company continues to reinvent its brand. And Google, which is only ten years old has made it to the number 10 position in the world. The …

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Determination, tenacity and hard work make successful entrepreneurs – Leanna Archer

One of America’s teen business prodigies says the characteristics that make a successful entrepreneur are determination, tenacity, hard work and discipline. Adding, “running a business is not about what you like, it’s about what makes the customers happy,” she tells ghanabusinessnews.com in an exclusive interview via the internet. Leanna Archer …

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Economic Management versus Structural Change: What was Ghana’s story in the last eight years?

Arguably, the Ghanaian economy was more macroeconomically stable in the last eight years than the preceding one. To explain, annual inflation from 2001 to 2008 ranged between 32.9 percent (recorded in 2006) and 11.0 percent (recorded in 2001), representing an average of 17.99 percent compared to the period from 1993 …

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Cassava’s link to iodine deficiency requires further study

It has been called King Cassava, but with roots that resemble long hairy potatoes, naturally-occurring toxins that can sicken unwitting consumers, and a reputation for under-appreciation, cassava is perhaps best described as the frog prince of agricultural development. What this hardy crop lacks in glamour, it makes up for in …

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