Ghana

What dimensions of women's empowerment in agriculture matter for nutrition in Ghana?

This paper investigates linkages between women’s empowerment in agriculture and the nutritional status of women and children using 2012 baseline data from the Feed the Future population-based survey in northern Ghana.

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Screening of Rice Accessions For Resistance to Rice Yellow Mottle Virus.

Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV) is responsible for the most damaging virus disease of rice in Africa. The objective of this study was to assess the reaction of rice accessions to RYMV, for better control of the virus. Rice accessions including landraces and collections from research institutes were collected from 2010 to 2013 in Burkina Faso and Ghana. Two viral inoculums composed of non-resistance-breaking RYMV isolates (inoculum-1) on the one hand and of resistance-breaking isolates (inoculum-2) on the other hand were used for the screening experiments in the greenhouse.

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Potential impacts of a green revolution in Africa—the case of Ghana

Agricultural growth in Africa has accelerated, yet most of this growth has been driven by land expansion. Land expansion potential is reaching its limits, urging governments to shift towards a green revolution type of productivity-led growth. Given the huge public investments required, this paper aims to assess the potential impacts of a green revolution.

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Mineral micronutrient density in local cereals sampled from Bungoma, Maseno and Kibwezi areas

Cereals constitute a food staple in the African bread (Ugali) form. Overdependence on maize as a predominant staple is partly blamed on the constricting indigenous cereal phyto-diversity. Strategies rekindling interest in their restoration remain few and disconnected.

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Malting and Brewing Properties of Selected Cereals Cultivated in Ghana

To promote the industrial use of local cereals in Ghana, studies were carried out on the suitability of malts from rice (WITA 1), sorghum (Kapala) and local late millet for the production of beer. The values obtained for mean diastatic power at the end of the malting period were rice (129.1oWK), millet (102.1oWK) and sorghum (84.0oWK). The saccharification time for each of the flour samples was less than 15 min using barley malt of diastatic power 340oWK. Significant differences (p

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Internal Marketing Policy of Cocoa in Ghana: Farmers' Incentives and Challenge

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How does gender affect the adoption of agricultural innovations?

Why do men and women adopt agricultural technologies at different rates? Evidence from Ghana suggests that gender-linked differences in the adoption of modern maize varieties and chemical fertilizer result from gender-linked differences in access to complementary inputs.

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Grain quality characteristics of imported rice in Ghana: Implications for breeding for consumer-preferred varieties.

Rice is the fastest growing food source in Ghana. The country, however, imports about 70 per cent of its rice requirement due to low volumes of production and poor grain quality of domestic rice compared to imported ones. In the study, 10 popular imported rice brands on the Ghanaian market were characterised for grain quality traits including grain dimensions, apparent amylose content, gelatinisation temperature, paste viscosity properties, and aroma using physiochemical properties and DNA markers. The rice brands came from Asia and the USA.

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Grain quality and determinants of farmers preference for rice varietal traits in three districts of Ghana: Implications for research and policy

Rice has become a popular staple in Africa because it is a convenience food for the rapidly increasing urban population. In Ghana about 70% of the rice consumed is imported. Domestic rice is not competitive because of its perceived poor grain quality. This study assessed the influence of grain quality and other factors on farmers’ preference for improved rice varieties. It also investigated how specific grain quality attributes influence farmers’ preference for improved rice varieties.

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Food coping strategies in northern Ghana. A socio-spatial analysis along the urban–rural continuum

Food insecurity is a worrying challenge worldwide, with sub-Sahara Africa most affected. Literature reveals that in developing countries, food insecurity is a largely ‘‘managed process’’, meaning people are active participants in responding to the risks they face in life. This paper focuses on how households cope with food shortages and how these food coping strategies vary along the urban–rural continuum. A transect approach was used to guide data collection in and around the city of Tamale in northern Ghana.

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