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COUNTRY FACTS

Population:
 25,9 millions
Average life expectancy:
61,1 years
Proficiency in writing and reading:
71,5 %
Access to clean drinking water:
82 %
GDP per citizen:
US$ 3,368*
Child mortality:
50 pr. 1,000 born alive
Mother mortality:
350 pr. 100.000 born alive
HIV-infected:
1,4 %

Source: UNDP

In spite of a history of numerous government coups, Ghana is now a relatively stable democracy – in fact one of the strongest on the continent. Economic growth has been steady and hopes are high that the exploration of newly discovered oil and gold will help develop the country.

But many people fear that this new income will feed corruption and undermine democracy in the longer term.

More than 70 percent of the population depends on the country’s natural resources for their daily supplies of food, water, energy and medicine. But the government is not always paying sufficient attention to poor people’s rights and special needs. Many natural resources – such as timber – is over-exploited, which affects the local population and their income negatively.

The poorer Northern Ghana has been affected by widespread flooding following an extended drought. Over the last 30 years, average temperatures have risen by one degree, while rain fall have dropped by 20 percent during the same period.

CARE Danmark in Ghana
CARE Danmark projects in Ghana are focusing on improving livelihoods for poor people, who depend on nature in the savannah of northern Ghana and in the south-western rainforest zones.  CARE is working with local organisations on empowering the population in their role in developing sustainable agriculture and forestry and to secure the rights – in law and in practice – of poor population groups to land and natural resources. Increasingly, CARE has been focusing its efforts on training agricultural extension advisers in how to assist poor farmers in adapting to climate change.

To know more about CARE Danmark’s work in Ghana please contact Programme Coordinator Saada Mbamba

CARE Danmark also works in:
Kenya
Laos
Mozambique
Nepal
Niger
Tanzania
Uganda
Vietnam
Globally

CARE Danmark’s focus areas:
Agriculture
Value Chains
Forestry
Gender Equality & Micro Finance
Water
Climate Change
Food Security