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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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