Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of northern Ghana over the past few weeks causing the White Volta River to overflow.
According to media reports, as of 24 September, at least 34 people have been killed and 100 000 displaced since the beginning of the month. Farmlands and roads have been damaged, infrastructure has been disrupted, and many villages left isolated.
Over the next 24 hours, moderate rain with local thunderstorms may affect northern and central areas, including those already impacted by flooding.
The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has, on behalf of Government, handed over assorted emergency relief items to the victims of flooding in some communities in the Upper East and West regions.
The items include student size mattresses; bundles of clothes; chlorine; bags of maize, sugar and rice; boxes of cooking oil; soap; blankets; plastic buckets, bowls, cups and mats; bags of sachet water, as well as boxes of mosquito coils and treated mosquito nets.
Tripoli – A flight to Ghana is the first return flight to leave Libya in the wake of this week’s ceasefire agreement ending hostilities in southern Tripoli and surrounding areas. The reopening of Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport permitted a commercial flight to leave the airport for Ghana, carrying 21 migrants, said IOM, the UN Migration Agency (10/09).
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri
ACCRA and DONKORKROM, Ghana, Aug 17 2018 (IPS) - Paul Ayormah and his fellow farmers make their way home after hours spent manually weeding a friend’s one-acre maize farm in Ghana’s Eastern Region.
“Tomorrow it will be the turn of my maize farm,” he tells IPS.
Accra – Last weekend (28/07) IOM, the UN Migration Agency, joined Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and Interior; the US Ambassador; the UN Resident Coordinator; key government officials involved in anti-trafficking response; and civil society actors to celebrate the reopening of the only Government-owned shelter dedicated to child victims of trafficking in Ghana.
- 43,000 vulnerable people targeted for nutrition support
- 30,000 adolescent girls receive take-home rations as incentive for school attendance
- 10,000 smallholder farmers targeted for capacity strengthening and market linkages
- US$ 0.00 (no cash based transfers made in June)
- US$ 132,800 six months (June- Nov 2018) net funding requirements, representing 1.3% of total
GPP conducts a scoping mission in Ghana
An Inter-agency team (FAO, IOM, OCHA and UNICEF) was fielded to Ghana to develop a proposal of an in-depth Diagnostic Review on 14-18 May 2018. This mission was requested by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMO) and supported by the UN Resident Coordinator, UN Country Team and the Inter-Agency Working Group for Emergencies (IAWGE).
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Ghana is a lower middle-income and food-deficit country, with an estimated population of 27 million, and a gross domestic product per capita of USD 1,340 in 2015. Despite progress in reducing acute malnutrition and stunting at the national level in recent years, high rates of poverty and stunting persist in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Planting of cereal crops on progress under favourable conditions
Cereal production in 2017 estimated at above average level
Overall food supply situation satisfactory following 2016 good harvests
Cropping season in 2018 started in south
- Heavy rain has been affecting the country over the past few days, causing flash floods, casualties and damages.
- According to media reports, as of 21 June, seven people have been killed, of which four people have drowned and three others were hit by lightning in the region of Greater Accra. They also reported that the areas most affected by floods were Teshie, Madina, Ashaiman (Greater Accra Region) and Agave (Volta Region).
- Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain with local thunderstorms may continue to affect the country.
Submitted by Stéphane Hallegatte
co-authors: Alvina Erman
In June 2015, after two days of heavy rain, flood water washed away Sarah’s small store in Accra, which provided for her family of three (1). The flood that hit the city in June 2015 affected around 53,000 people in the city and caused an estimated US$100 million in damages. Slum areas in the Odaw basin were among the worst hit.
Ghana’s evolution in innovative land management addresses land degradation
Agencies and communities work together to transform landscapes
Greater knowledge helps communities to improve their livelihoods, increase yield and revenues
When a mining firm in Obuasi found malaria was hampering its operations, it joined forces with locals and the government to find a solution. Now others want to emulate their success
Nestled in the Ashanti region of southern Ghana, the small town of Obuasi is encircled by hills, largely forested but bearing scars from open-cast and illegal mining. Eighty kilometres south of the country’s second city, Kumasi, it is a community of subsistence farmers and miners.
This document presents the report identification and justification of disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) measures for Ghana. The scope of this report to identify possible soft to hard adaptation options to reduce, prevent and mitigate risks and environmental degradation, through protection measures (construction of dykes, beach nourishment, retreat, coastal ecosystems reinforcement for current and future climate variability.
Accra – IOM, the UN Migration Agency in Ghana donated on 21 May equipment to facilitate the use of the Trafficking in Persons Information System (TIPIS) to the Government of Ghana.
The TIPIS aims to collect aggregate and anonymous reporting on human trafficking from district, regional and national levels, and it provides policy makers with accurate information to guide the national counter-trafficking response.
Accra 16 May 2018—The UN Resident Coordinator for Ghana Christine Evans-Klock, says the novel collaborative efforts of the four agencies that worked on the Joint UN programme on WASH in Disaster Prone Communities (DPC) project in selected areas of Ghana was something that must be encouraged.