Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
|Map of ACP Countries|
- promotion of the participation of the youth in modern agriculture as a viable career opportunity for the youth and as an economic and business option.
- the provision of resources for the participation of the youth in modern agriculture.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
|The small entrance to the Neoplan station destroyed|
|Sides of the bridge destroyed; people standing and watching as waste and dead animal bodies float|
|One side of the bridge completely broken down|
|The Odawna overflowed the side walls. This was taken after the water level had subsided considerably|
|Waste and waste and everywhere|
|This huge pile of waste must have contributed to the blockage under the bridge, causing the water overflow the walls|
|People searching through the pile of rubbish for phones and other goodies washed away|
|Scenes like this call for a pragmatic approach the the plastic menace which has plagued this country|
|All the kiosks here (which were lined up along the wall) have been washed away. Only the urinal (cemented into the ground) remained|
|Dirty, muddy water bringing in more waste|
|Waste stuck under the bridge|
|The main Circle trotro station, completely abandoned. This is after the water level had gone down|
|Earlier in the morning, people were paying GHS1.00 to be carted across the water on peoples' backs around the Neoplan Station|
Sunday, October 16, 2011
- mobile money transfer systems, such as Vodafone M-PESA, which provide farmers with the ability to exchange, save and borrow small amounts of capital as well as take out short-term insurance policies;
- mobile information services providing detailed and localised weather forecasts, crop prices and resource management information; and
- helpline services giving real-time guidance on issues such as pest control and the challenges linked to climate change, including water scarcity.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Some of these programmes just select a section of farmers and most often, such programmes are not sustained over time. They are often political programmes which are not given thorough planning, they have no sustainability plan. New governments may choose to continue or discontinue such projects. Where is the once famous Presidential Special Initiative on Cassava?. A lot of people went into this project and the very government that promised the purchase of products was nowhere to be found after harvesting.
The irony of the situation is that people in the urban areas sometimes just don't know of the existence and abundance of food in the hinterlands; but the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) knows, yes they do! A story is told of a poultry farmer in Accra who was trying to import maize to feed his fowls; he doesn't know farmers in the North have more than enough maize. And the farmers cannot get their goods to the urban areas for many reasons including inadequate storage facilities, bad roads from farms, high cost of transportation, among others. Sometimes there may be a truck to cart the goods, but it can get stuck on the road for days, with the watermelons you and I eat sitting it, subject to all the weather conditions you can imagine - rain, sunshine, dust... arrrggg!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
"I have gone round during the last two days, and the sight that has greeted me has been most unwelcome. The sight of polythene bags here, polythene bags there, polythene bags everywhere".
"My brothers and sisters, we have to take care of our environment".
- Replace disposable cups and plastics with reusable ones
- Replace disposable alkaline batteries with rechargeable batteries
- Donate still useful items to charitable groups, you may not be using them, and you will be blessed too!
- Maximize the life of electrical appliances by performing regular maintenance
- Do you drive? Keep tires inflated, they'll last longer and your car will pollute less
- Repair and refinish well-used furniture
- Maintain your property, goods, and stuff--they will last longer
- Reuse wrapping paper to re-wrap or line shelves and drawers
- Bring a "no garbage" lunch to work or school, using reusable containers, bags, and a thermos
- Dry clothing on clothesline instead of using a gas or electric dryer
- Buy what you need, use what you buy
- Repair durable goods instead of dumping them when they fail
- Be water smart; install low-flow plumbing fixtures
- Make note pads out of print overruns, computer printouts, outdated forms and stationery
- Print and copy on both sides of the paper
- Buy the large size of items you use often
- Going to shop? Take a re-usable bag
- Turn your computer monitor off when leaving for more than an hour
- Look for durability in products you buy and use, not just lower price
- Pass this list on to someone else!!!!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
At this rate, Ghana is definitely on the brink of an environmental disaster if nothing is done to curb the rapid deforestation and degradation of the environment, and this must prompt all Ghanaians to change our attitudes towards the environment.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
The University of Ghana and the Open Society Institute have launched a US$1.64 million project aimed at building capacity to meet the climate change challenges in Ghana.
In an address during the project launch, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, underscored the fact that African leaders who have been attending conferences on climate change have been usually poorly informed on issues, adding that there was a communication gap between researchers and policy makers.
Professor Yaa Ntiamoah-Baidu, acting Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University and the project lead, disclosed the project would be delivered through four inter-connected approaches with a focus on training and human resource development, building climate change adaptation research capacity, information dissemination and influencing policy through general public awareness, among others.
I implore all Ghanaians to offer full support for the project.