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Agricultural Resources in Ghana Agricultural Resources in Ghana The United States Trade and Development Agency ( USTDA )has awarded grant to the Ghana Association of Leasing Companies ( GALCO ) in addition to the companies $547 million compact with MC C ( Millennium Challenge Company )for Agri-Business development paving the way for increased income for the farmers, mechanized farming and high yielding crops. The US Ambassador and the GALCO president were present during the signing ceremony of the $340,000 grant. The food supply of the region can be enhanced by the availability of rich resources like fertile land necessary for food production in Ghana and the Ghana government feels that the techniques handled by the farmers can be improved upon. One of the ways to improvise the production of crops is to provide farm equipments with latest technology. Another major concern is the fact that the existing ghanian leasing companies do not have the expertise to identify the potential of the rural farmlands. The USTDA takes care of the interest of the ghanian leasing companies by facilitating business models and imparting training to stakeholders about leasing in the rural areas. Apart from recognizing GALCO ,USTDA will also promote the interest of IFC ( International Finance Corporation ) .The funds needed for agricultural leasing businesses is thus provided by IFC and GALCO through the assistance of USTDA. The middle-income countries commercial requisitions are taken care of by USTDA by meeting the needs of specialized assistance, investment analysis, providing skills and knowledge, using state of the art technology and creating a clear open trading concurrence with the prospects involved. While carrying out its impressive performance the USTDA makes use of the US export of goods and services, highlighting the importance of the area in which the economic development has to be accomplished. Ghana is one of the most important countries in Africa; it comprises numerous locations, which are highly appreciated by visitors and tourists alike. Ghana is a home to many friendly locals, but the country has a very dark history. Before the independence; the people went through very bad situations, many were killed and a lot of hardships were faced. Today, Ghana is an independent country and a living memoir of the people who sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom and happiness. Friendly Ghanaians: Since Ghana’s independence; the government has been working hard to improve country’s economy and currently Ghana is amongst the developed African countries. According to the visitors and tourists; one of the best things about Ghana includes the cordial reception offered by its locals. Ghanaians are extremely friendly and warm-hearted; they are very warm welcoming and they greet their guests and visitors by saying “Akwaaba” which is an Akan word. English is the official language here; therefore you won’t have any problem interacting with the locals. However, in some rural areas, indigenous languages are spoken. Ghanaians are considered as the friendliest people of Africa and you’d see everyone smiling while being in one of the cities here. Zimbabwe and USA relations with Ghana: Many countries are planning to contribute for the country’s development, especially in the tourism sector; these include United States and Zimbabwe. These countries are working to raise funds for their projected investments in Ghana. Cities of Ghana: A vacation in Ghana is amazing as well as affordable; everything would come under your budget and there are numerous things to do and many places to visit. There are total 4 major cities in Ghana; Kumasi, Accra, Tamale and Tema. Accra is the capital city, which boasts a wide range of impressive locations and is also the cleanest in the region. Most of the major attractions in the country are located in Accra; places such as National Museum, Independence Square, Labadi Beach, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park are visited by tourists from all over the world. The second largest city of Ghana is Kumasi; it’s famous for its greenery and locations which are very attractive. Nightlife: The country has a great nightlife; there are many clubs and several events are held ancestrally in the region. If you’re a music lover; visiting clubs like Aphrodisiac Night club, Bass Line Jazz, Barcadis Nite Club, Bliss Night Club, Boomerang Night Club and Indigo Night Club would be great. Many festivals are held in the country, famously Homowo Festival. It’s a harvest festival and is celebrated mostly by the people of Ga. Visiting Ghana: If you’re planning to spend a vacation in Ghana, book your flights now. There is a lot you can do here and even if you’re aiming to work in Accra, you can easily get a job in the education sector. Cheap flights to Accra are widely served by all major airlines; make sure that you book your flight in advance. For further information, consult a travel agent and an online research about finding affordable airfares would help you a lot. Visit Ghana now and experience the best. Geography of Ghana In the north the Red and White Volta rivers meet just south of the Burkina Faso border. In the northwest the Black Volta marks the western border with Burkina and part of the border with Ivory Coast, before turning westward. Much of the basin has been flooded, even above the confluence of the Black and White Volta, by the construction of the Akosombo Dam, creating Lake Volta. East of the basin, the Akwapim- Togo Mountains run north-south along the border with Togo, then turn southwest toward the capital, Accra, which is on the coast. South of the Akosombo Dam, the Volta crosses a fertile coastal plain before flowing into a series of marshes and lagoons. Most of Ghana is low-lying, so that the hot, tropical climate remains unmodified by altitude. Temperatures are highest from February to April, and are lowest near the coast, where sea mists have a cooling effect. The south has two rainy seasons (May-June and September-October), whereas in the north there is only one, peaking in August and September The coastal vegetation of mangrove swamps rapidly gives way to savanna grassland, and then to tropical forest (much of it cleared for agriculture), covering the southern third of the country. The savanna farther north has fewer trees and shorter grasses. Animal life is still plentiful, and includes lions, leopards, hyenas, antelopes and elephants. The rivers are the home of crocodiles, manatees and hippopotamuses. The largest of the many game reserves is the Mole, near Damongo in the northwest. Society of Ghana Ghana's interior was settled by many different ethnic groups, but by the 17th century the Akan-speaking Ashanti were dominant. The Portuguese had discovered the Gulf of Guinea in 1471. They built forts along the coast, which was named the Gold Coast on account of the gold to be found there. The 17th century brought other colonists, attracted there by the Ashanti-controlled slave trade, but in the 19th century the British took control. By 1901 the Gold Coast was a British colony, the Ashanti had been subdued and the northern territories had become a British protectorate. After World War I part of neighboring German Togoland also came under British control. In 1957 the newly renamed state of Ghana won independence - the first state in sub- Saharan Africa to do so - and in 1960 it was declared a republic, with Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah (1909-72) as its life president. Nkrumah's regime was overthrown by a military coup in 1966. The civilian government elected in 1969 was ousted by a second coup in 1972. Another brief period of civilian rule (1979-81) ended with a coup led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings. A referendum in 1992 approved a new multiparty constitution and executive president, with elections for both held later in 1992. As elected president Flight Lieutenant Rawlings nominated a new government in 1993, which was approved by parliament. The Fourth Republic was declared on 7 January 1993. The presidential term is four years, renewable only once. Ghana has 75 ethnic groups; however, only 10 are of significant size, the largest being the Akan and the Mossi. Conflict between the different groups is slight. English is the official language. The majority of people are Christians; there are some Muslims, but most others hold traditional African beliefs. Economy of Ghana Most people are employed in agriculture, which is the mainstay of the economy. Cocoa and timber are the chief export crops. In the north yams and cereals are grown and cattle are kept, while the forests produce shea and kola nuts. Despite government efforts to increase food production, Ghana is still importing food. Marine and freshwater fishing (notably from Lake Volta) are encouraged, and provide an important supplement to the Ghanaian diet. Gold is still an important export, as are diamonds, manganese and bauxite. Oil and natural gas provide another significant export. Hydroelectric power from Akosombo supplies domestic needs; the surplus is exported. Manufacturing is limited mainly to supplying local demand, but tourism is increasing. Road and rail transportation are best in the south, especially in cocoa-growing areas near the coast. About one-fourth of roads are paved, and aid-financed improvements are in hand. The railroad system is largely used for freight. The main port, Tema, and the international airport, Kotoka, are both near Accra. The state airline is Ghana Airways Health care has been hindered by rapid population growth, bad sanitation and poor nutrition. Major diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and gastroenteritis have been partly controlled, but infant mortality is high and life expectancy is relatively short. River blindness (onchocerciasis), a disease causing blindness, has had a great impact on local people. Housing is a growing problem, especially in towns. Basic education is free and can be followed by secondary vocational training or preparation for one of the three universities. However, school attendance is still relatively low, which affects literacy levels.
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