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A Lumumba Dumsor. Critical News, 30th August 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 30, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

If you haven’t heard it all from us in Ghana and if it has not sunk in yet that we are in pain from lying leaders and directionless followers, then hear it now.

The Paul Ansah Foundation in memory of one of our best ever writers PAV Ansah, whose crusade against JJ Rawlings and his misdirected Marxist PNDC followers was legendary in our time, invited Professor P.L.O. Lumumba from Kenya to come talk some sense into the leaders in Africa and make it plain to both them and us that we have failed woefully in our quest to deliver Africa to its people and the world.

That Africa by itself has failed to look in the mirror and see a face so distorted it is only recognizable for its failure of its policies and people.

Obama came and said his piece to the African Union and all we heard was a foreign President talking down to the people of Africa. This was the politician’s spin on his advice to treat all as equal and not castigate people on account of sexual preference. I might be homosexual, but I still make the human race.

But that message distorted the views of an Africa that has so underperformed it is still a concern for the rest of the world that the poor will starve, child mortality will keep rising and women discrimination will still continue in our Trokosis and our witchcraft camps.

Someone hung a dead chicken and tied some green cloth to the dead necks in the premises of the Electoral Commission and they all run for safety, in fear of surreal trauma.

Somewhere up in the mountains of Tutu, past Aburi at the apex of a hill, Lighthouse Chapel International have built a fortress with ten foot metal pylons and walls, as a sanctuary, temple or hermitage, to house servants of God to come pray, that without lifting a finger to do any meaningful work, they will be blessed and rewarded for their faith and be given that which they do not deserve. Read the rest of this entry »

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We’ve Achieved 85% Self-Sufficiency In Rice Production Says Nigeria

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 17, 2014

BY NIYI ODEBODE AND OKECHUKWU NNODIM

Nigeria is currently between 80 and 85 per cent self-sufficient in the production of paddy rice.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, said the agricultural policy of the Federal Government had started yielding fruits.

He stated that as part of the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, the government was transforming agriculture from a social service into a business.

According to him, the sector will be private-sector driven and investment-focused.

The minister said by 2015, the country would produce 20 million metric tonnes of food.

He stated that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture had been decentralised as part of the transformation agenda.

Adesina said the ministry had offices in 36 states, and six zonal offices.

The minister further said that the administration had ended corruption in fertilizer and seed distribution and noted that seed companies in the country had increased from five in 2011 to 80. Read the rest of this entry »

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US Embassy Must Be Open And Transparent On GMO Debate In Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 9, 2013

PRESS RELEASE:

by Food Sovereignty Ghana,  9th July, 2013.

Following our call for a ban on the importation, cultivation, consumption, and sale of genetically modified foods and crops in Ghana, until the people of Ghana are satisfied that such an important and irrevocable decision is a sound and proper one to make, Food Sovereignty Ghana has received an invitation from the US Embassy in Accra to a CLOSED DOOR “Roundtable Discussion and an Interdisciplinary Presentation on biotechnology at the US Embassy on July 10”. After a careful deliberation we have decided to turn down the invitation because it does nothing to advance our cause for a public debate on the issue. We believe that it is of primary importance for the general public to know and evaluate the arguments for and against the introduction of GMOs into our food chain. We have decided to issue this statement to call on the US Embassy to join us in our call for openness and transparency in this very important national conversation by engaging us PUBLICLY. We hereby announce our readiness to critically examine every single claim in favour of GM technology. Read the rest of this entry »

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Africa Can Feed Itself, Earn Billions, and Avoid Food Crises by Unblocking Regional Food Trade

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2012 A new World Bank report says that Africas farmers can potentially grow enough food to feed the continent and avert future food crises if countries remove cross-border restrictions on the food trade within the region. According to the Bank, the continent would also generate an extra US $20 billion in yearly earnings if African leaders can agree to dismantle trade barriers that blunt more regional dynamism.  The report was released on the eve of an African Union (AU) ministerial summit in Addis Ababa on agriculture and trade. Read the rest of this entry »

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Finance Minister signs three World Bank funded projects totaling US$210 million

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 25, 2012

 Accra, September 25, 2012 – The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Kwabena Duffuor today signed three world bank funded projects: Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (US$100 million), West African Agriculture Productivity Program (US$60 million) and Urban Water project (Additional Financing of US$50 million), totaling US$210 million to support the Government of Ghanas efforts to sustain economic growth, and maintain its middle income status. Read the rest of this entry »

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NPP Manifesto on Agriculture is Bogus and Fraudulent

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 24, 2012

Ali-Masmadi Jehu-AppiahPan-Africanist International

For a thousand dollars, you could have had good government; for five thousand dollars, you can have any kind of government you want!’ – Russell Long on the effect of money in political campaigns.

Introduction

The NPP needs to clarify the nature of the agricultural mandate they plan to execute, if voted into power, as stated in their Manifesto for Election 2012, Chapter Three: Section 7. Modernizing Our Agriculture and Ensuring Food Security. Those of us who have been monitoring the NPP’s not-so-clever fund-raising tactics, particularly, their dubious and clandestine relations with international corporations, were not in the least surprised to see what the NPP claims in its 2012 Manifesto, as their plans for Ghana’s agriculture. It is nothing short of criminal. Is the NPP asking for the mandate of Ghanaians to introduce Genetically Modified seeds into our food chain? That is the question! Read the rest of this entry »

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Nigerian Entrepreneur defies experience to succeed with rice in Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 14, 2011

By William Wallis

Borrowed from the Financial Times for Discerning Ghanaians


Nigerian-born Toks Abimbola landed in Ghana as he might have done in his previous incarnation as an investment banker: with hand luggage and a room at the Holiday Inn in Accra.
Less than two years later he, his business partner, and the investors backing their start-up, have become the largest commercial rice farmers in the country, with 500 hectares of land under cultivation and another 4,500 hectares still to plant. Read the rest of this entry »

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USAID Contribution to Ghana’s Food Security

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 8, 2010

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided $3.9 million to the people of Ghana through the World Food Programme’s Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation.  The funding will benefit 106,000 Ghanaians through nutritional food interventions, food for work, food for training, and income generating activities.  The principal beneficiaries include malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, and people living with HIV and their families in the three Northern regions. Read the rest of this entry »

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What the World Bank should know about Ghana’s Success Stories

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 1, 2010

By Thompson Ayodele, Imani and www.africaliberty.org

Two decades ago, the rest of the world saw Africa as a hopeless continent. Today Ghana is one of Africa’s success stories.  Its economy, spurred by a thriving private sector, has grown on average by over 6 percent a year for the past five years. A significant part of this growth has been fueled by the success of the country’s palm oil industry, with over 300,000 hectares of land currently under cultivation.

Palm oil provides a major source of employment and revenue for Ghanaian smallholders, with 27,000 farmers engaged in the industry. The Ghanaian government recognizes the huge role palm oil plays in the economy, investing more than $3 million in the industry so far, and recently announcing a “master plan” to support expanded production. Read the rest of this entry »

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African Farmers Get Boost from IFC, Soros Economic Development Fund and Esoko

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 22, 2010

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Soros Economic Development Fund have both invested $1.25 million of equity into Esoko, a Ghanaian technology firm. The investment in Esoko will give small holder African farmers and businesses timely crop information that can be shared via text messaging, enabling farmers to increase their incomes.

Esoko_s software takes advantage of rapidly growing mobile-phone usage in Africa.  The technology allows farmers affordable and timely access to market information that can help them negotiate better prices and improve the timing of getting their crops to market. Read the rest of this entry »

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