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About Stacey
Stacey Knott is an award-winning multi-media journalist recently returned to New Zealand, after working in Ghana for five years. 

In Ghana, she was a regular text stringer for Agence France-Presse (AFP) and a multimedia freelance correspondent for Voice of America (VOA). 

Her byline has appeared in a range of international media including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, US News, Quartz, Roads and Kingdoms and Refinery29 among others.

She has also worked as an editor in both New Zealand and Ghana.

She works in online, print, radio and video. 

She has been living in Ghana since November 2015.

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University of Ghana Probes Sex for Grades Scandal

04 Apr 2024  |  globalcitizen.org
The University of Ghana is conducting investigations following a BBC documentary titled 'Sex for Grades' which exposed sexual harassment by university lecturers. The documentary included incidents at both the University of Ghana and the University of Lagos, where lecturers propositioned undercover female reporters. Ghanaian activist Eugenia Baffour noted that the exposure has encouraged more victims to speak out. The University of Ghana's Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee, led by Margaret Amoakohene, is looking into the allegations and urging victims to report incidents. The Student Representative Council (SRC) is also taking steps to support victims and educate teachers on maintaining professional conduct.

From a Climate Correspondent

04 Apr 2024  |  climatecorrespondent.substack.com
From A Climate Correspondent is a newsletter initiative started by four European climate journalists based in India, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Hong Kong. The newsletter aims to provide on-the-ground insights into climate change challenges from regions that are often under-reported. The project has evolved to include guest writers from around the world, offering first-hand accounts of local climate stories. The newsletter has received a climate grant from the European Federation for Science Journalism to expand its pool of writers. The team is seeking financial support through Patreon and KOFI to sustain and grow the initiative. They encourage readers to share the newsletter and contribute to their funding efforts to continue bringing stories from the frontlines of the climate crisis.


04 Apr 2024  |  data4sdgs.org
The article discusses the collaboration between the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data during the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the importance of good data and effective skills to tackle global crises, such as the pandemic and climate change. The partnership focused on supporting African governments with resources, information, and experiences, emphasizing the need for timely data and robust data systems. The article stresses the necessity of preparedness for future crises, advocating for stronger technical capacity in governments, public dialogue on data collection and sharing, and collaboration across sectors to build resilient data systems. The Global Partnership and UNECA are committed to working with various partners to use data and technology to improve policy and lives, while also protecting rights and preventing data misuse.

From a Climate Correspondent

04 Apr 2024  |  climatecorrespondent.substack.com
The article discusses the ongoing struggle between activists and the Ghanaian government over plans to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest Reserve, a biodiversity hotspot and source of water for five million people. Despite public protests, petitions, and international attention, the government persists with its plans, citing economic benefits and a 'barter deal' with China. Activists, including A Rocha Ghana, have filed a legal challenge, arguing that mining violates constitutional rights and environmental commitments. The article also touches on the broader context of deforestation in Ghana and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delaying mining activities. The journalist, Stacey Knott, provides a personal perspective from her visits to the forest and interactions with local communities.

Ghana's Cancer Experts Seek Increased Awareness Following Deaths of Boseman and Nyarko

05 Apr 2023  |  voanews.com
In Ghana, there is a concern among cancer experts about the lack of attention to colorectal cancer screening, which has resulted in a high mortality rate. The death of Chadwick Boseman, known for his role in 'Black Panther', and Ghanaian actor and preacher Bernard Nyarko, both from colon cancer, has highlighted this issue. Dr. Clement Edusa, the medical director of the Sweden Ghana Medical Center, notes the need for better screening and treatment structures. Organizations like Cancer Support Network Ghana and Zurak Cancer Foundation are working to promote cancer awareness, survivor stories, and healthy lifestyles, especially in low-income communities. There is a collective hope for increased government support for cancer screenings, diagnoses, and treatments in the future.

Ghanaians Prepare for Presidential Election Amid Voter Apathy Concerns

03 Apr 2023  |  voanews.com
Ghanaians are preparing to vote in the presidential elections with incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and former president John Mahama as the main contenders. Akufo-Addo's New Patriotic Party (NPP) campaigns on education, while Mahama's National Democratic Congress (NDC) focuses on job creation and anti-corruption. Despite 17 million registered voters, there is concern over voter apathy, particularly among the middle class. The Ghana Center for Democratic Development notes voter fatigue, while a pre-election survey shows concerns over infrastructure and employment. Akufo-Addo's handling of COVID-19 and education received positive feedback, but his record on inflation, inequality, and corruption was criticized. Both candidates have been accused of underperformance and corruption. Analysts expect a fair and peaceful election, similar to previous ones. The University of Ghana's survey indicates an 11% lead for the NPP over the NDC.

160 Million of World’s Children Forced to Work During Pandemic, UN Says

10 Jun 2021  |  voanews.com
A joint report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and UN Children’s Fund has revealed a significant increase in child labor globally, with 160 million children involved, marking the first rise in two decades. Nearly half of these children are engaged in hazardous work. The report highlights that while child labor has decreased in Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean, it has increased in Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. ILO Director General Guy Ryder and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore have expressed grave concerns over the situation, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. They advocate for social protection, quality education, and decent work for adults to combat the rise in child labor.

US Envoy Sees Hope in Africa's Violence-Wracked Sahel Region

06 Jan 2021  |  voanews.com
The Sahel region of West Africa, encompassing Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, has experienced a surge in violence, with recent attacks in Mali, Niger, and the Central African Republic. The U.S. special envoy to the Sahel, Peter Pham, condemned the extremist attacks and expressed hope for Niger's upcoming presidential elections, which could mark a peaceful transition of power. Pham emphasized the crisis in the Sahel is rooted in state legitimacy and the perception of government by its citizens. The U.S. has provided significant health, development, and humanitarian assistance to the region, totaling over $1.5 billion from 2017 to 2019, alongside $467 million in security assistance. Ornella Moderan from the Institute for Security Studies highlighted the need for inclusive dialogue and national ownership to build legitimate governments. Recent elections in Ghana and Burkina Faso, where incumbents were re-elected despite opposition claims of unfairness, were mentioned as examples of the region's political developments.

Pandemic Widens Gender Inequality in Nigerian Education

24 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
The Malala Fund, an education rights group, reports that the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria has increased during the pandemic, with a significant gender gap as more girls are affected than boys. Joy Pam, a 13-year-old girl, expresses her desire to return to school after the pandemic disrupted her education. Crystal Ikanih-Musa, the Nigerian representative for the Malala Fund, highlights that over 50% of the 13.2 million children out of school before the pandemic were girls, a number that has risen. Education officials, including Mathew Sule of the Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board, acknowledge the additional barriers girls face in accessing education. Research indicates that girls had limited access to distance-learning options during lockdowns and spent more time on household chores. Hamzat Lawal, CEO of Connected Development and Malala Fund Champion, emphasizes the need to remove hidden fees and amend education laws to ensure free education for all, especially girls.

Accra Businesswomen Partner with Northern Counterparts to Alleviate Poverty

21 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the economic challenges faced by women in Northern Ghana, highlighting the high levels of poverty and limited economic opportunities in the region. It mentions efforts by businesswomen in Accra, the capital, to collaborate with women from the north to create unique products for sale in both local and international markets. The report, which includes a camera credit for Stacey Knott, suggests that these initiatives are aimed at empowering women and fostering economic development in underdeveloped areas of Ghana.

Ghana Election Shows Strengthening Democracy

10 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
Ghana's presidential election resulted in the re-election of President Nana Akufo-Addo, narrowly defeating former president John Mahama. Despite Akufo-Addo's victory, Mahama's National Democratic Congress party gained parliamentary seats, indicating a potential loss of majority for Akufo-Addo's New Patriotic Party. The election, which saw a high voter turnout despite COVID-19, was deemed largely free and fair, although there were reports of violence. Political analysts view the results as a sign of Ghana's maturing democracy, with voters showing a tendency for split-ticket voting. The election marks the third and likely final contest between Akufo-Addo and Mahama due to constitutional term limits.

Ghana Election Results: President Nana Akufo-Addo Wins Second Term

09 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
Ghana's incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo won a second term in the recent election, as announced by Ghana’s Electoral Commission. Akufo-Addo secured 51.6 percent of the votes, while his opponent, former president John Mahama, received 47.4 percent. The election, which saw a 79% voter turnout, was commended for its peaceful and orderly conduct, despite being delayed by a day, which led to some protests by the opposition National Democratic Party. The Ghana Police Service reported 61 electoral incidents, including six involving gunshots, with five fatalities and 19 injuries. The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers acknowledged some challenges but affirmed the election's overall credibility.

Vote Counting Underway in Ghana’s National Election

08 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
Ghana has concluded its national election, with vote counting currently in progress. The election is a close contest between incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party and his main challenger John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress. This election marks the third time Akufo-Addo and Mahama have competed against each other for the presidency. Ghanaians voted for one of 12 presidential candidates and parliamentary representatives for 275 districts. The key concerns for voters in this election are education, health, unemployment, and infrastructure. Election results are expected to be announced by Tuesday evening.

Voters in Ghana Choose Between Familiar Faces

07 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
Ghana is conducting its presidential and parliamentary elections today, with incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and former President John Mahama as the main contenders. Akufo-Addo's New Patriotic Party (NPP) is expected to lose seats in Parliament despite predictions of his retaining the presidency. Over 17 million voters are registered, with concerns focused on infrastructure, unemployment, and education. The NPP's introduction of free senior high school is a significant campaign point. Voters at the polls expressed various reasons for their choices, including policies on education, healthcare, and gender development. A peace pact was signed by the candidates to ensure a non-violent election, and the Electoral Commission has implemented COVID-19 safety measures. Results are expected to be declared within 24 hours after polls close.

Saving Senegal's Forests: Group Turns Straw Into Fuel

06 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
In Senegal, where half of the households depend on wood or wood charcoal for energy, contributing to air pollution and deforestation, an innovative solution has emerged. Nebeday, an ecological association, is employing villagers to produce biochar, a carbon-neutral organic charcoal made from straw, clay, and water. This initiative not only provides a sustainable energy source but also protects the environment and diversifies the economy in rural areas. The production of biochar, which is being carried out in 18 villages, also helps to reduce bushfires caused by straw in the dry season. Additionally, Nebeday is involved in tree planting efforts, with over a million trees planted across the country. The African Union's Great Green Wall initiative is also mentioned as part of the broader efforts to combat desertification in the Sahel region.

Ghana's COVID-19 Success Threatened by Election Campaigns

02 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses Ghana's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the country's relatively low death toll of 323 individuals. However, there is a concern among health experts that the upcoming election campaign rallies could potentially become a hotbed for virus transmission. The report is from Accra, and it suggests that while the country has managed the health crisis well so far, the political activities associated with the election might pose a new risk.

Fears Grow of Further COVID-19 Spikes Ahead of Ghana’s Election

01 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
Ghana has been recognized for its effective COVID-19 response, but there is growing concern as cases surpass 50,000 and compliance with mask-wearing declines. President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged citizens to wear masks, especially during the upcoming election campaigns, but adherence is low at political events. Public health expert Nana Kofi Quakyi warns that outdoor campaign events still pose risks for increased transmission. Sports journalist Gary Al-Smith, who suffered long-term effects from COVID-19, is working to raise awareness about the seriousness of the virus, despite the public's focus shifting to the elections.

Nigeria’s Traditional Textiles Threatened by Chinese Imports

26 Nov 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the challenges faced by Nigeria's traditional textile industry, particularly the Kofar Mata dye pit, one of the last hand-coloring textile makers in the country. The industry is threatened by modern manufacturing and cheap Chinese imports, which are often smuggled into Nigeria, undercutting local prices. Mamood Abubakar, a craftsman at the dye pit, expresses concern for the future of the trade. Ismaila Abdullahi, a designer, notes that it is more economical to send designs to China for production. Hamma Kwajaffa, director general of the Nigerian Textile Manufacturers’ Association, and John Adaji, president of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, both highlight the need for government support and policies to protect the local industry. Nigeria's Central Bank has provided loans to support domestic textile producers, and there have been calls for the government to prioritize Nigerian-made products.

Ghana’s Corruption Fight Questioned After Prosecutor Quits

19 Nov 2020  |  voanews.com
Martin Amidu, Ghana's Special Prosecutor, has resigned less than three weeks before the country's elections, citing political interference with his work. Amidu's departure casts a shadow on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government's commitment to fighting corruption, a key issue in Ghana where corruption is seen as widespread. Amidu had been investigating a controversial deal involving the sale of shares in Agyapa Royalties Limited, which raised concerns of nepotism and lack of transparency. His resignation and the circumstances surrounding it have sparked debate about the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts in Ghana. Political analysts believe this could influence the upcoming December polls, where corruption is a significant campaign issue.

Frequent Floods in Accra Influence Voter Decisions Ahead of Ghana Election

17 Nov 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the persistent flooding problems in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and how this issue is influencing the voting decisions of its citizens in the upcoming general election. Despite numerous promises from politicians to address the flooding, the problem remains unresolved. The report suggests that the government's failure to effectively deal with the floods could impact the election results. The article is a field report by Stacey Knott, who also took on the roles of videographer and producer.

Why Ghanaians are still divided over the legacy of Jerry Rawlings

14 Nov 2020  |  qz.com
The article discusses the mixed legacy of Ghana's former president Jerry Rawlings following his death. Rawlings, who ruled for 20 years after two military coups, is remembered for his anti-corruption stance and efforts to democratize Ghana. However, his rule was also marked by human rights abuses, including executions, public floggings, and suppression of dissent. The article features opinions from Ghanaians who either mourn his loss or recall the suffering during his regime. It also includes perspectives from political analysts, researchers, and members of the National Democratic Congress, the party Rawlings founded. The article reflects on how Rawlings' actions have left a complex legacy, with some viewing him as a champion for the poor and others as a perpetrator of evil deeds.

Ghana's Ladybird Truckers Put Women Behind the Wheel in Male-Dominated Industry

10 Nov 2020  |  voanews.com
Ladybird Logistics, a trucking company in Ghana that employs only female drivers, has experienced significant growth, with its fleet and number of drivers increasing substantially in the past two years. Eyram Sedor, one of the company's first drivers, expresses pride in the company's development and the increasing number of female drivers. The company, which started in 2017, now has 20 trucks and 35 drivers, with more in training. Despite skepticism from some male truckers, the women have proven their capability in the industry, delivering fuel to mining sites and empowering themselves economically. Operations manager Nelson Fordjour Oppong acknowledges the initial doubts but highlights the company's success. Driver Amira Nana Agyeman emphasizes the importance of women's economic participation. Esenam Nyador, who began as a taxi driver in Accra, now trains women to drive trucks and buses and notes increasing support from Ghanaian men for women in the profession.

Ivorian Refugees Fear Election Unrest

30 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the concerns of refugees from Ivory Coast, who are currently residing in the Ampain Refugee Camp in Ghana. These refugees are worried that the upcoming Ivorian election could lead to new instances of unrest, similar to the violence that occurred following the 2010 election. That election violence resulted in 3,000 deaths and forced many to flee the country. The refugees' fears are reported by journalist Stacey Knott, who also handled the camera work and production of the report.

Ivory Coast to Decide on President Ouattara's Controversial Third Term Bid

30 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
Ivory Coast is preparing for an election on Saturday in which President Alassane Ouattara is seeking a controversial third term. During his final campaign rally, Ouattara urged supporters to vote and safeguard polling stations. The election has been marred by violence, with incidents such as the burning of opposition candidate Pascal Affi N'Guessan's home and attacks on his party's office. Other candidates include former president Henri Konan Bedie and independent Kouadio Konan Bertin. Ouattara, who decided to run following the death of his chosen successor, disputes claims that his third-term bid is unconstitutional, citing a new constitution from 2016.

Ivorian Refugees in Ghana Fear Increase Electoral Violence

29 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the apprehension among Ivorians, particularly refugees in Ghana, regarding the upcoming elections in Ivory Coast. The 2010 post-election violence, which resulted in 3,000 deaths and a mass exodus to neighboring Ghana, is still fresh in the minds of many. With the incumbent President Alassane Ouattara running for a controversial third term, fears of renewed unrest are palpable. Ivorians living in the Ampain refugee camp, such as Yves Glazibo and Alain Yehe, express their concerns and desires to return home when it is safe. Madam Djety, another refugee, speaks of the current dangerous climate in Ivory Coast. Tetteh Padi from the Ghana Refugee Board notes that while the number of new asylum seekers is small, they are being registered as refugees. The article captures the tense atmosphere and the hope that history will not repeat itself.

Peace, Development at Stake in Ivory Coast Election

26 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
Ivory Coast is experiencing violence ahead of its October 31 election, with opposition parties boycotting and calling for civil disobedience. The country's past crisis in 2010 is recalled, where conflict ensued after election results were not accepted by then-president Laurent Gbagbo. Current President Alassane Ouattara is seeking a third term, citing a new constitution that he argues resets term limits, which his opponents contest. Experts like Christopher Fomunyoh and Ryan Cummings discuss the importance of Ivory Coast's stability to West Africa and believe a repeat of 2010's violence is unlikely. The tourism sector, recovering from COVID-19, is affected by the election tensions. Political risk analyst Jessica Moody suggests the need for open dialogue and possibly postponing the election, though she believes any outcome will be contested due to distrust in overseeing institutions.

Nigerian Vice President Promises Justice for Demonstrators Killed by Security Forces

22 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has offered condolences and promised justice for the peaceful protesters who were reportedly shot dead by Nigerian Security Forces at the Lekki toll plaza. This incident occurred during protests against the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which has been accused of torture and murders by Amnesty International. Despite the disbandment of SARS, protests continued, and the situation escalated with more shootings reported, although no new casualties were immediately confirmed. Amnesty International has also reported the removal of security cameras at the protest site before the shootings and is seeking to investigate who ordered the soldiers' presence. The Nigerian military has denied involvement in the Lekki shootings, and there have been additional reports of gunfire in other Nigerian towns, including Abuja.

Nigerians in Ghana Protest in Support of End SARS Movement

21 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
Nigerians in Ghana, along with some Ghanaians, have gathered outside the Nigerian High Commission in Accra to protest against police brutality in Nigeria, following a violent incident in Lagos where soldiers allegedly fired on demonstrators. The protests, which began as a movement to disband a notorious police unit, have now escalated into calls for broader reforms. Eyewitnesses claim soldiers shot at protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos after a curfew was announced, leading to casualties, which the Nigerian army has denied. The protests have gained international attention, with demonstrations and vigils held worldwide. Activists like Damilola Odufuwa are seeking global solidarity and support for the protesters. High-profile figures, including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have condemned the violence against protesters.

Violence Feared in Contentious Ivory Coast Election

16 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
Ivory Coast is facing political turmoil as President Alassane Ouattara seeks a third term in the upcoming October 31 election, which has been met with opposition boycotts. His main challengers, Henri Konan Bedie and Pascal Affi N'Guessan, have called for a boycott and want discussions with the ruling party regarding the legality of Ouattara's candidacy and the dissolution of the Constitutional Council and the Independent Electoral Commission. With only four candidates accepted out of 44, concerns about the fairness and transparency of the election are mounting. Human rights organizations and international observers are calling for dialogue to ensure an inclusive and peaceful election, while there are fears of growing threats against activists and opposition members. Ouattara has claimed the election will be peaceful and has cited economic and human progress in Ivory Coast, despite the controversy over presidential term limits introduced in the 2016 constitution.

Protesters March on Nigerian Parliament After Army Threatens to Step In

15 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
Protesters in Nigeria continued demonstrations against police brutality, marching to the parliament in Abuja despite a ban on mass rallies due to COVID-19. Clashes occurred in Lagos, with reports of armed men attacking peaceful protesters. Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu condemned the violence. The government has set up compensation funds for victims and plans to establish judicial panels to investigate police brutality. The Nigerian Army has stated its readiness to maintain order. The protests, which have been ongoing for over a week, were sparked by demands to overhaul the police, including the dissolution of the controversial SARS unit, which has been accused of serious human rights abuses.

Nigeria Disbands Controversial Police Unit But Protests Continue

14 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
The Nigerian government has dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit notorious for brutality and torture, following widespread protests. Despite the disbandment, demonstrations continue, with calls for justice for victims and an end to police impunity. Kalu Kingsley and Nigerian rapper Cobany shared their personal experiences of SARS brutality. The protests gained momentum after a video surfaced showing SARS officers allegedly taking a dead victim's car. Mohammed Adaum, Nigeria’s inspector general of police, announced the dissolution, and authorities plan to redeploy former SARS officers to other units. Amnesty International's Nigeria director, Osai Ojigho, emphasized that justice for victims is necessary for the dissolution to be meaningful. The government has promised to establish an advisory committee and provide psychological rehabilitation for former SARS officials, but protesters remain unsatisfied and continue to demand substantial changes.

Nigerians Protest against Police Brutality Despite Government's Promise to Disband Special Unit

12 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
Nigerians have taken to the streets in Lagos and other cities to protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit with a history of alleged extrajudicial killings and abuses. Despite the government's announcement of disbanding SARS, skepticism remains due to unfulfilled past promises of reform. President Muhammadu Buhari has committed to bringing SARS officers who have committed wrongful acts to justice and has stated that this is the first step towards comprehensive police reforms. Protesters, including singer-songwriter Davvyd Moore, demand tangible actions, including investigations and punishment for rogue police by an independent body, and justice for victims of police abuse. Amnesty International has documented a pattern of abuse by SARS and calls for independent investigations. Connections are drawn between the anti-SARS protests and the global Black Lives Matter movement. Security expert David Agbee emphasizes the need for broader police reform in Nigeria. Reports of police violence against protesters persist, with at least one fatality.

Ghana Businessman Promotes Benefits of Maintaining Forests

12 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses a sustainable forestry project in Ghana led by Wellington Baiden's Portal Forest Estates, which aims to combat deforestation by demonstrating the economic benefits of preserving forests. Baiden's 85-hectare forest serves as a source of various products like fish, wood, seedlings, fruits, and essential oils, providing both short-term and long-term income. The project involves local farmers in growing plants for natural oils, which are distilled by chemist Justice Crentsil, and are sold on international markets. The article also mentions efforts by environmental NGO A Rocha Ghana and Daryl Bosu to promote sustainable forest management as a means to prevent tree loss and encourage conservation. Baiden plans to expand the project with a larger distillery, an eco-resort, and a learning center to educate and inspire sustainable practices.

Ghana Working to Save Eroding Coastlines

12 Oct 2020  |  voanews.com
Ghana is facing significant coastal erosion, with an average rate of about two meters per year, prompting the construction of sea defense walls to protect land and property. However, these walls are causing concerns among local communities. Fishermen, like Christopher Ahorsu, argue that the walls interfere with their work, while resort owners, such as Ben Idun of a resort in Elmina, claim the walls prevent access to beaches, negatively impacting tourism. Dr. Donatus Angnuureng from the University of Cape Coast suggests that alternative solutions, like vegetation or sand nourishment, should be considered. Central Region Minister Kwamena Duncan believes the walls are necessary to protect towns and livelihoods and hopes that communities will adapt to these changes as part of a broader response to climate change.

Ghanaian Oncologists Want More Focus on Colon Cancer

29 Sep 2020  |  voanews.com
Dr. Clement Edusa, the medical director of the Sweden Ghana Medical Center, discusses the challenges of late colon cancer diagnosis in Ghana, often due to misdiagnosis and inadequate screening. The article highlights the impact of lifestyle changes on the increase of colon cancer cases and the need for structured national screening programs. The deaths of American actor Chadwick Boseman and Ghanaian actor Bernard Nyarko from colon cancer are mentioned to emphasize the importance of early detection. Organizations like Cancer Support Network Ghana and Zurak Cancer Foundation are working to promote cancer awareness, survivor stories, and healthy lifestyles, especially in low-income communities. The article suggests a need for government-funded cancer screenings, diagnoses, and treatments.

Ghana's Secondhand Clothes Trade in the Time of Coronavirus

25 Sep 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the trade of secondhand clothes in Ghana. It highlights the journey of these clothes and the reliance of local traders on this business. The Ghanaian authorities are reinforcing a ban on the import of secondhand underwear due to public health concerns, which traders argue adversely affects their already pandemic-strained incomes. The report, which includes visual documentation by the artist, provides insight into the economic challenges faced by used clothing traders in Accra amidst the pandemic.

Ghana's Used Clothing Market Falters as COVID Bans, Poverty Intersect

25 Sep 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the work of Ghanaian multimedia artist Sel Kofiga, who documents the journey of secondhand clothing in Accra's Kantamanto market. Kofiga's work sheds light on the labor involved and the challenges faced by the market, which receives a large volume of discarded clothing from the West. The OR Foundation estimated that a significant portion of these imports end up as waste. The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced imports and demand, affecting the livelihoods of market workers like Abdulai Rukaya. There are also concerns about health risks, leading to a clampdown on certain secondhand items. NGOs like People’s Dialogue on Human Settlements argue that improving the market is better than enforcing bans without alternatives. Kofiga also creates upcycled clothes, aiming to inspire a more sustainable fashion industry and to raise awareness about the waste generated by fast fashion.

ECOWAS Could Lift Mali Sanctions on Friday

25 Sep 2020  |  voanews.com
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is considering lifting sanctions on Mali following the swearing-in of the interim President Bah Ndaw. Ndaw, who leads the junta that ousted former President Boubacar Ibrahim Keita, is set to begin an 18-month term. ECOWAS mediator and former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan indicated that the decision on sanctions would be announced after the inauguration ceremony. The sanctions were imposed in response to the military coup in Mali, and their potential removal depends on the satisfaction of ECOWAS conditions.

Mali Junta Picks Former Defense Minister as Transitional President

21 Sep 2020  |  voanews.com
The National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), the junta that took power in Mali after ousting President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has appointed retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw as the transitional president. CNSP chief Col. Assimi Goïta announced the appointment on national television and stated that he will serve as the transitional vice president. The transition period is expected to last several months before a return to civilian rule. The appointment follows debates within Mali and pressure from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for a swift transition. The swearing-in ceremony for the new president is scheduled for September 25.

Experts Call ECOWAS Mali Deadline Unrealistic

16 Sep 2020  |  voanews.com
West African leaders and Mali's military junta failed to reach an agreement on a transition to civilian rule during recent talks in Ghana. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), chaired by Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo, had imposed sanctions and set a deadline for the junta to appoint a civilian president, which was not met. Concerns are growing over the political deadlock and its impact on the fight against Islamist militants in Mali and the broader Sahel region. Security experts, including David Agbee and Vladimir Antwi-Danso, argue that ECOWAS should take a more nuanced approach, addressing Mali's internal issues and supporting a gradual transition to democracy rather than rushing the process. ECOWAS leaders are open to an 18-month transitional government and have promised to lift sanctions once Mali appoints a president and prime minister for the transition.

Experts Call For Doubling Efforts to Eliminate Child Labor

01 Sep 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the ongoing issue of child labor in Ghana, despite the universal ratification of the International Labor Organization's Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention in August. It highlights the efforts of Challenging Heights, a Ghanaian NGO, in rescuing and rehabilitating children forced into hazardous labor, particularly in fisheries and the cocoa industry. The organization's approach includes advocacy, economic empowerment, and providing education and support to children and their families. The article also mentions the work of the International Cocoa Initiative and the Ghanaian government's policies to combat child labor, such as building schools and offering free meals. The need for more funding and political will to effectively tackle the problem is emphasized.

Ghana's Youngest Learners Tune In for Reading Program

28 Aug 2020  |  voanews.com
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Ghana have been closed since mid-March, prompting a shift to remote learning. The Ghanaian government, in collaboration with USAID, initiated a radio learning program for primary school students. Dora Oppey, a mother in Accra, gathers local children for the daily radio reading program, which has improved her son's reading skills. The program includes interactive elements like songs and games. Education Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh emphasized the importance of remote learning resources and the potential for continued use post-pandemic. Jonathan Fletcher from the University of Ghana highlighted the need for teacher training in technology for effective remote learning. The WHO and UNICEF have called for the safe reopening of schools, citing the negative impacts of prolonged closures on children.

COVID-19 Further Unravels Ghana’s Textile Industry

17 Aug 2020  |  voanews.com
Ghana's textile industry, known for its traditional fabrics like kente and batik, is facing challenges due to counterfeit products from China. Local producer Esther Amate has experienced a decline in her batik business due to cheaper counterfeits. The COVID-19 pandemic further reduced sales, impacting producers like GTP, which has been in operation since 1966. GTP's designs are often copied and smuggled back into Ghana, affecting revenue and the market. GTP collaborates with mPedigree to authenticate their products using technology. The Ghanaian government is considering regulatory measures to protect the industry, including a special stamp and a taskforce to combat counterfeits. GTP remains hopeful, introducing new designs inspired by Ghana's response to the pandemic, despite the risk of them being counterfeited.

No excuses: Ghanaians push exercise during pandemic

10 Jul 2020  |  howwemadeitinafrica.com
The article discusses the impact of Covid-19 on the exercise and fitness industry in Ghana, highlighting how gyms and fitness coaches have adapted to social distancing measures. Pippa Pepera, a gym owner since 1996, has shifted to renting out equipment and offering online Azonto aerobics classes. Bodybuilder Samuel Kulbila advocates for exercising without expensive equipment and has gained an international following by sharing his backyard workouts. Fitness coach Maabena Antwi has moved her coaching online, enjoying the balance it brings to her work and family life. The article emphasizes the importance of staying fit during the pandemic and the hope that government encouragement for fitness will persist post-pandemic.

No Excuses: Ghanaians Push Exercise During Pandemic

08 Jul 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the fitness industry in Ghana, highlighting how gyms and fitness professionals have adapted to the challenges posed by social distancing. Pippa Pepera, a gym owner since 1996, has shifted to renting out equipment and offering online Azonto aerobics classes. Bodybuilder Samuel Kulbila advocates for exercising without expensive equipment and has gained an international following by sharing his workouts on social media. Fitness coach Maabena Antwi has moved her coaching online, allowing her to work from home and spend more time with her children. The article emphasizes the importance of maintaining physical fitness during the pandemic and the hope that the government's encouragement to stay fit will persist post-pandemic.

Ghanaians Look to Herbal Remedies for COVID-19

02 Jun 2020  |  voanews.com
In Ghana, there is a significant reliance on herbal remedies for healthcare, with about 70% of the population using them. The Center for Plant Medicine Research, located outside Accra, has become a hub for individuals presenting herbal products they believe could cure or alleviate COVID-19 symptoms. The center, which has its roots in a Ghanaian doctor's visit to China in the 1960s, is now integrating traditional practitioners into government hospitals and training them in scientific methods. The acting executive director, Kofi Bobi Barimah, and his team are testing local herbal products for their safety and potential efficacy against COVID-19. While some herbal products have been recommended to boost immunity, the center is also preparing to trial herbal medicines specifically against the virus. The belief in traditional medicine is deeply ingrained in Ghanaian culture, and the center also cultivates medicinal plants for various diseases. Despite the enthusiasm for a traditional cure, the center emphasizes the necessity of scientific evidence to support any potential treatments.

COVID-19 Drives Health Care Tech Innovation in Ghana

23 May 2020  |  voanews.com
In Ghana, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in health care innovations, including apps for symptom diagnosis and drones for transporting medical samples. Redbird, a health care tech company, has developed an app that helps diagnose COVID-19 and track user contact with confirmed cases. Co-founder Andrew Quao highlights its use for organizations managing workplace safety. Dr. Emeline Opoku has adopted telemedicine, consulting patients via the Talamus app to minimize hospital visits. Talamus Ghana's country manager, Joshua Owusu-Ansah, emphasizes the pandemic's role in highlighting the benefits of technology in health care. Zipline, a Silicon Valley company, is noted for using drones to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 samples, aiding in faster diagnosis and outbreak tracking.

Child Labor in Cocoa Production Feared to Rise Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

08 May 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses concerns about the potential rise in child labor in cocoa farms in Ghana and Ivory Coast due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With both countries producing a significant portion of the world's cocoa, they have faced long-standing issues with child labor. The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) and other experts suggest that poverty and school closures increase the risk of child labor as children may accompany their parents to work on farms. The ICI is studying the effects of cash transfer programs as a possible solution to reduce child labor by alleviating household financial pressures. The Ghana Cocoa Board has also increased efforts to educate farmers on ethical farming practices. The article also corrects a previous error, distinguishing the Thomson Reuters Foundation from the Reuters News Agency.

Video produced, shot, edited and narrated for VOA on a protest march in Ghana

West Africa’s Press Freedoms at Risk During Coronavirus

03 May 2020  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the state of press freedom in West Africa, highlighting both the challenges and improvements faced by journalists in the region. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reports of security forces assaulting journalists and seizing or destroying their equipment in countries like Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. The Media Foundation for West Africa, through its representative Muheeb Saeed, expressed concern about these attacks affecting journalists' morale and their role in educating the public about the pandemic. The foundation also urges reporters to verify facts to prevent disinformation. The Committee to Protect Journalists, represented by Jonathan Rozen, noted that governments might use the pretext of combating false news to suppress press freedom. Despite these issues, there are positive developments in Gambia, where the Gambia Press Union, led by Sheriff Bojang Jr., is actively working with officials to safeguard press freedoms, especially concerning COVID-19 reporting.

In Ghana, Drones Help Combat COVID-19

30 Apr 2020  |  voanews.com
Ghana is taking significant steps to enhance its health care system amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has committed to constructing 88 new hospitals nationwide. President Nana Akufo-Addo acknowledged the pandemic has revealed the weaknesses in the country's health infrastructure due to long-term underfunding. Silicon Valley-based Zipline is aiding the effort by using drones to deliver medical supplies and transport COVID-19 test samples to labs, which is proving to be faster and more efficient than traditional road transport. As of the latest update, Ghana has reported 1,671 COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths. Zipline's innovative delivery system is particularly beneficial for rural areas with poor road access, and there are hopes for its continued use beyond the pandemic.

Salons, Barbers Reopen in Ghana’s Capital After Partial Lockdown

23 Apr 2020  |  voanews.com
Ghana has lifted a three-week partial lockdown in Accra, allowing businesses like hair salons and barbershops to reopen. Critics argue that it's too soon and social distancing is not feasible in such settings. However, salon owners like Kuorkor Ayisa of Twists and Locs Salon and Selorm Klutse of Kingsmen Barbers have implemented strict hygiene and social distancing measures. Public health expert Nana Kofi Quakyi expressed surprise at the lifting of the lockdown, citing concerns over testing and tracing, but acknowledged the government's position on reduced risk and the need for economic activity. Quakyi, now resorting to DIY haircuts, reflects a global trend during the pandemic.

Fears Rise for Ghanaian Capital's Urban Poor in Ongoing Lockdown

14 Apr 2020  |  voanews.com
In response to the rising cases of COVID-19 and the partial lockdown in Accra, Ghana, local NGOs, churches, and businesses are providing food to the urban poor. Chef Elijah Amoo Addo's NGO, Food For All Africa, has been redistributing excess food to those in need and has created an emergency intervention program due to the pandemic. Abdul-Mujib Salifu from People’s Dialogue on Human Settlements expressed concern for those in informal settlements. Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture, with assistance from UN food agencies, is working to ensure food security. The FAO has reviewed the ministry’s plan and is advising them. There are concerns about the long-term food situation in Ghana, especially regarding farmers' ability to harvest and market their produce. Ghana has reported 566 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths so far.

African Conflict Zones in Need of Cease-Fires for Coronavirus Aid

01 Apr 2020  |  voanews.com
Security experts in Africa are concerned that ongoing armed conflicts on the continent are complicating efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, highlights the additional challenges faced by countries in conflict. The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a global cease-fire to aid the fight against the virus. John Campbell of the Council on Foreign Relations notes that while cease-fires are well-intentioned, they may not be heeded by insurgent groups. The Southern Cameroons Defense Forces (SCDF) announced a two-week cease-fire in response to the U.N. call, urging other groups to allow health workers safe access to affected populations. Despite this, clashes continue in Cameroon and other parts of Africa, with no other groups known to have agreed to a cease-fire.

Ghana’s Innovation and Startup Culture Thriving

19 Nov 2019  |  voanews.com
Ghana is becoming a center for innovation, particularly in addressing local issues with local solutions. Alhassan Baba Muniru, co-founder of Recycle Up, is focused on environmental cleanup and empowering young entrepreneurs in Ghana. At the upcoming Innovation Africa summit in Accra, he will seek more support for green businesses. Nelson Boateng's company is an example of such innovation, turning recycled plastic into bricks. However, Boateng highlights the challenges of securing financial support for environmentally-friendly initiatives. The Ghana Tech Summit is another event that will discuss support for local tech startups. Andrew Quao, a Ghanaian inventor, is contributing to healthcare innovation by developing technology for pharmacies to diagnose and monitor diseases. Entrepreneurs in Ghana are optimistic about the future of innovation and are looking forward to the support that could stem from these summits.

Ghanaian Club Keeps Football Alive After Scandal

13 Nov 2019  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the impact of a corruption scandal in Ghana involving football referees taking bribes. This scandal has led to the Ghana Football Association's struggle to clean the sport and the closure of some football clubs. Despite these challenges, the Shooting Stars Football Club has persevered, continuing to train and support young players. The club has managed to keep going with donations from various sources, allowing players to stay in Ghana and train. Some of the Shooting Stars' players have performed well in exhibition games in Europe and have been signed by European clubs. The article also quotes Ghanaian attorney Amanda Clinton on the importance of football as a level playing field for talented individuals from all backgrounds.

Ghanaian Victims Urged to Speak Out After Sex-for-Grades Investigation

28 Oct 2019  |  voanews.com
The University of Ghana is conducting investigations following a BBC documentary titled 'Sex for Grades' which exposed sexual harassment by university lecturers. The documentary included instances of lecturers from the University of Ghana and the University of Lagos propositioning undercover female reporters. Ghanaian activist Eugenia Baffour noted that the exposure has encouraged more victims to speak out. The University of Ghana's Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee, led by Margaret Amoakohene, is looking into the allegations and urging students to report incidents. The Student Representative Council, with Women's Commissioner Awurakua Addo Nyarko, is working to create a supportive environment for victims and to educate teachers on maintaining professional conduct.

Africans Struggle to Mobilize on Climate Issues

19 Oct 2019  |  lapresse.ca
African activists struggle to gain the same level of attention as their global counterparts in the fight against climate change, despite the continent facing significant consequences such as increased flooding, food insecurity, and economic losses. A study by Afrobarometer revealed low awareness of climate change among Africans. At the Climate Chance conference in Accra, hundreds of activists, local government officials, and private investors from West Africa sought to establish a common approach. The former Beninese Environment Minister, Luc Gnacadja, highlighted the lack of access to information and awareness as major issues. Young activists like Patience Alifo and Kevin Ossah are pushing for more youth involvement and concrete actions such as tree planting and digital communication to raise awareness and share efforts.

African Women in Tech Look to Artificial Intelligence

11 Oct 2019  |  voanews.com
At the Women in Tech Week in Ghana, African female technology experts, including Lily Edinam Botsyoe and Aseda Addai-Deseh, discussed the importance of practical experience in technology education, particularly for women. Botsyoe, a system tester, emphasized the need for hands-on experience to complement theoretical knowledge in computer science. Addai-Deseh, a data scientist, highlighted the boundless potential for artificial intelligence (AI) in Africa to solve various problems and create opportunities. However, concerns were raised about AI's impact on employment, as expressed by real estate agent Maya Yiadom. The event's focus on AI aligns with Google's recent opening of an AI lab in Ghana, aimed at developing solutions for education, health, and agriculture in Africa.

African Women in Tech Working to Close Digital Divide

09 Oct 2019  |  voanews.com
Women in Tech Africa Week is an event aimed at increasing female participation in the tech industry and addressing the technology divide in Africa. Francesca Opoku, a Ghanaian entrepreneur, emphasizes the importance of technology for business growth and trains women in financial literacy using mobile technology. Ethel Cofie, the founder of Women In Tech Africa, highlights the gender gap in technology use and access, attributing it to economic disparities. The NGO works to support women in tech and leadership across Africa. Faiza Adam has initiated Girly Tech to encourage Ghanaian girls to pursue STEM careers. The article discusses the digital gap between men and women in Africa, the need for education, and the potential impact of more women in tech on community problem-solving and policy-making.

African climate activists fight to be heard as global movement grows

03 Oct 2019  |  phys.org
The article discusses the low awareness of climate change in Africa, despite the continent being highly vulnerable to its impacts. A study by Afrobarometer indicated that 40% of Africans have never heard of climate change. The United Nations Environment Programme has highlighted the severe consequences Africa faces due to climate change, such as flooding and food insecurity. At the Climate Chance conference in Accra, Ghana, activists and officials discussed ways to raise awareness and address climate issues. Togolese activist Kevin Ossah emphasized the use of digital communication over protests due to security concerns. Local officials like Akwannuasah Gyimah are focusing on practical issues such as vehicle emissions. The article also touches on the cultural challenges faced by young African activists, contrasting their approach with that of Western activists like Greta Thunberg. Despite the challenges, Ghanaian climate campaigner Patience Alifo remains optimistic about the role of youth in driving change.

Women in Ghana March Against Sexual Violence

25 Sep 2019  |  voanews.com
In Ghana's capital, Accra, women have marched to protest against the impunity of sexual abuse and attacks on women and girls. The protest, part of the growing #MeToo movement in Ghana, aimed to raise awareness and demand justice for victims. The march was sparked by a recent case where four young women were kidnapped and murdered in the Western Region, with the police facing criticism for their handling of the investigation. Protesters, including organizer Eugenia Baffour Bankoh and participant Pokuaa Adu, expressed the need for systemic change and support for victims. Radio broadcaster and feminist Felicity Nana Nelson also voiced her support, emphasizing the importance of addressing women's issues. The event concluded with a candle-lit vigil in solidarity with sexual and domestic violence victims worldwide.

A Taste of Home in the Homeland: African Americans Visit Ghana for Year of Return

17 Sep 2019  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the influx of African Americans to Ghana as part of the 'Year of Return' to mark 400 years since the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade. It focuses on Chef Sage, a Brooklyn-born chef who moved to Ghana and now runs a roadside cafe in Accra, offering plant-based fusion meals that combine influences from her time in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Ghana. The food serves as a cultural bridge, attracting African American visitors and locals alike, with its familiar flavors that resonate with the diaspora community. The article also mentions Essie Bartels, a Ghanaian food entrepreneur, who creates spice mixes and sauces that highlight the connections between global food cultures, particularly those with African roots. Both Chef Sage and Bartels see the 'Year of Return' as an opportunity to celebrate shared history and heritage through food.

Farms Destroyed As Ghana Tries to Raise Cocoa Incomes

05 Sep 2019  |  voanews.com
In Ghana, a country that supplies about 20% of the world's cocoa, farmers are facing the destruction of their cocoa bean farms as landlords terminate leases early for other ventures. Farmer Ama Serwah's land was bulldozed to make way for a cattle farm, leaving her without a livelihood. Another farmer, David Servor, has also lost his land, which he used to support his family and pay for his children's education. The government has attempted to raise cocoa incomes by adding a $400 fee per ton of cocoa beans sold, but issues with land ownership and compensation persist. The president of the Concerned Farmers Association, Nana Oboadie Opambour Boateng Bonsu, criticizes the government's lack of serious action on the matter. Ghana's cocoa regulator acknowledges the problem but lacks authority over landowners, although it does offer legal support to farmers for compensation disputes.

NAACP Delegation Visits Ghana for 'Year of Return'

26 Aug 2019  |  voanews.com
The article discusses the 'Year of Return' initiative, which invites people of African descent to visit Ghana to commemorate 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in the United States. A delegation from the NAACP, including board member Morandon Henry, is touring Ghana, visiting historical sites such as the home of W. E. B. Du Bois. NAACP President Derrick Johnson views the journey as a chance for reconnection with Africa. Judy McKoy, a U.S. resident with West African ancestry, advocates for recognizing African nations as prime tourist destinations. The campaign, launched by Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo in 2018, has attracted high-profile visitors, aiming to draw half a million people for the Year of Return.

Women, Peace and Security Highlighted at Military Conference in Ghana

19 Aug 2019  |  voanews.com
At a military conference in Ghana, the importance of women in peacekeeping was a key focus. Experts and military personnel, including Ghana's Warrant Officer Vida Nyekanga and Brigadier General Constance Edjeani-Afenu, discussed the benefits of deploying women, such as increased mission effectiveness and creating a safer environment for civilian women to report abuses. Women currently make up 4.9 percent of global peacekeepers, with a United Nations target of reaching 15 percent by 2028. The conference highlighted that female peacekeepers help in increasing the reporting of sexual and gender-based violence and reduce the levels of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. The United Nations is working on a project to improve peacekeepers' performance, focusing on leadership and accountability, especially in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in African conflict zones.

Ghana Adds Charge to Keep Farmers Sweet on Cocoa

07 Aug 2019  |  voanews.com
Cocoa farmers in Ghana and Ivory Coast are facing financial struggles despite the two countries being major cocoa producers. The governments have imposed a 'living income differential' fee to increase farmers' incomes, but farmers like Emmanuel Nodjo and David Servor feel it is insufficient. High production costs, land ownership issues, and low global market prices contribute to their hardships. Ghana's cocoa industry regulator acknowledges the challenges and the need to improve farmers' earnings to sustain the cocoa industry. There is also a call for more local manufacturing of cocoa products to reduce dependency on exporting raw beans.

Pelosi Calls Visit to Ghana Transformative'

01 Aug 2019  |  voanews.com
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, during a visit to Ghana with a delegation including members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, addressed Ghana's parliament to condemn the historical evil of slavery and to honor the 'Year of Return' for people of African descent. The delegation, which included Representatives Ilhan Omar and John Lewis, visited significant historical sites related to slavery and met with Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo. Pelosi's speech highlighted the transformative experience of visiting slave forts, the importance of Ghana's contribution to global security and U.N. peacekeeping, and the ongoing fight against discrimination. She emphasized the strong economic and trade ties between the U.S. and Ghana, the commitment to sustainable economic growth, and the importance of partnership in areas such as climate change, female empowerment, and health care equality.

US Navy in Ghana to Collaborate on Securing Gulf of Guinea

24 Jul 2019  |  voanews.com
The Gulf of Guinea faces significant challenges with illegal activities that impact global trade and security. A conference in Accra, Ghana, is addressing these issues, emphasizing the need for collaboration among regional navies. The USNS Carson City, part of the U.S. Navy, is in the region to support African navies in various maritime enforcement efforts. Admiral James Foggo highlighted the importance of legitimate control over sea lines and the necessity of deterring illegal activities through proper law enforcement. The Accra conference aims to tackle illegal fishing, piracy, kidnappings, oil bunkering, and drug trafficking. Collaboration is deemed crucial due to the transnational nature of these crimes. The International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference, ending Thursday, has brought together representatives from 25 countries to discuss collaborative solutions.

Ghana's Under the Mango Tree Camp Teaches Kids About Ethical Agriculture

24 Jul 2019  |  voanews.com
In Accra, Ghana, the expansion of the city has led to a reduction in green spaces and an increase in fast food consumption. Lauren Goodwin, an agriculturist and founder of the Under the Mango Tree Camp, is addressing this issue by educating children about ethical agriculture and healthy living during their school holidays. The camp teaches children about composting, natural pesticides, and the process of growing food. Goodwin emphasizes the importance of involving children in conversations about food sources and the impact of diet on health, particularly in black communities. Parents have noticed that the camp is beneficial for their children, who are excited to share what they've learned. Goodwin's goal is to inspire the next generation to advocate for healthy food and ethical agriculture in Ghana.

Feature looking at the damage illegal mining in Ghana causes the cocoa sector

In Ghana, a feminist push for fairer farming

20 Dec 2017  |  The Christian Science Monitor
The article focuses on the efforts of Christabel Afrane and other individuals and organizations to empower women in agriculture across Africa. It highlights the challenges faced by female farmers, such as limited access to land, funding, and education, which often relegate them to subsistence farming. The article showcases various initiatives aimed at increasing women's participation and success in agriculture, including Afrane's Kairos Ladies Network, which encourages young women to pursue agribusiness, and the support provided by Mavis Nduchwa in Botswana and Professor Ruth Oniang'o. It also discusses the broader benefits of women's economic empowerment, such as improved family nutrition and education, and the potential to significantly reduce world hunger. The article underscores the need for financial institutions to change their approach to collateral for young women to facilitate their access to resources.

Feature for the Washington Post on plans to mine in a forest reserve in Ghana.


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