Accra is the largest city, the capital of Ghana, the national economic centre, and the country’s main connection with the global economy. The city is located in southern Ghana, emerging from the booming historical trade with colonial forces and the iconic establishment of forts and castles along the coast. It stretches along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea with a rich diversity of ethnic groups and people from all over Ghana and beyond. Though more than 4 million people live in the Greater Accra region, the city has a population of over 2.7 million with a daily influx of 2.5 million business commuters in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area due to its vibrant manufacturing, marketing, finance, transportation, and tourism activities. However, it faces socio-economic challenges, including urban poverty, congestion, informal settlements, and environmental challenges, such as seasonal floods due to the congestion.

Accra is also known for its prosperous fishing sector and urban agriculture. Supermarkets continue to increase and spread across the city. Local and informal food sources, particularly large-scale local markets, are also popular. The Accra metropolitan assembly and the government face the administrative challenge of addressing infrastructural capacity issues aimed at reducing food loss and food insecurity.

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Pandemic Precarity and Food Insecurity in Urban Ghana During COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on urban households in the Global South has not yet been adequately explored, despite an emerging consensus that impacts of the pandemic were more severe in urban than rural Africa. This paper addresses the knowledge gap by examining the relationship between pandemic precarity and food insecurity in Ghana’s urban areas during the pandemic in 2020. The data comes from the World Bank (WB) and Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) COVID-19 High-Frequency Phone Survey. Using a ...

Hungry Cities of the Global South

The recent inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal in the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda represents an important acknowledgement of the reality of global urbanization and the many social, economic, infrastructural and political challenges posed by the human transition to a predomi- nantly urban world. However, while the SDG provides goals for housing, transportation, land use, cultural heritage and disaster risk prevention, food is not mentioned at all. This discussion paper aims to correct this unfortunate omission by reviewing the ...


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Food Price, Food Security and Dietary Diversity: A Comparative Study of Urban Cameroon and Ghana

This paper contributes to the urban food security literature by presenting the results of 600 household surveys conducted in Ghana and Cameroon. In this, we show how dietary diversity, which is a well‐developed proxy for food security, is similar in both countries but varies significantly based on household demographic characteristics. In particular, smaller, better‐off and more educated households were likely to have higher levels of dietary diversity and were less likely to respond to rising food prices by reducing diets ...
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