n Institute of African Studies Research Review - The contours of poverty in Northern Ghana : policy implications for combating food insecurity

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



Northern Ghana has remained the poorest part of the country. The gains from macro-economic adjustment seem to have impacted minimally on the landscape as the area has the highest percentage of the people being poor. The dynamics of regional development have maintained an extractive tendency, siphoning labour to more resource-rich parts of the country. The data from the Ghana Living Standards Surveys provide ample justification for denoting northern Ghana a marginal area. The extent and depth of poverty in the area reflects its dire food insecurity position. Development policies are needed that enhance both agricultural production and greater participation of the poor in urban economic activities. It is argued that urbanisation and its associated spin-offs are necessary in order to achieve improved food security.

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