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    Agriculture is the backbone of Ghana’s economy, and this sector needs to play a key role if Ghana is to achieve the goal of becoming a middle income country by 2015. Despite its impressive progress in economic growth and poverty reduction, ...
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    It is almost certain that Ghana will become one of the few African countries to achieve the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) earlier than the target year of 2015. The country is also in a good position to sustain the 6 percent ...
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    Increasing agricultural mechanization has long been of interest to many African countries. Constrained by the limited area that can be cultivated through the use of the hand hoe and its association with perceptions of primitiveness and drudgery, ...
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    Despite the recent transition to an industry and service sec-tors-led economy, agriculture still plays a fundamental role in Ghana. The sector comprises approximately 30 percent of the country’s GDP to date and employs approximately 50 percent of ...
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    Theories of fiscal federalism imply that determining intergovernmental transfers based on the political incentives results in inefficient allocation of resources across geographic regions. Such practices also can result in tensions between ...
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    Maize is an important food crop in Ghana, accounting for more than 50 percent of the country’s total cereal production. The Ghana Grains Development Project (1979–1997) and the Food Crops Development Project (2000–2008) made major investments to ...
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    With an average growth rate of 5 percent and a reduction of poverty by one-half over the past two decades, Ghana is a recent success story and a rising star in African development. Yet the country remains dependent on relatively few external ...
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    In recent years, agricultural growth in Ghana has been positive overall. However, much of this growth has resulted from area expansion rather than increased yield. Furthermore, growth patterns have not been uniform across commodities or ...
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    Expanding rice production under irrigation would be the most effective way to increase rice production in Ghana, but would require substantial public investment. To produce an additional 200,000 mt, nearly 40,000 ha will have to be brought under ...