Ghana’s gold diggers: Land and rivers laid to waste

By Jon Spaull     Large swathes of Ghana’s gold belt have been laid to waste in the search for the precious metal by illegal small-scale miners. Cocoa plantations have been cut down and rivers polluted with heavy metals, including mercury, used to extract gold. In this, the second of a four-part film series on …

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Ghana’s gold diggers: Scramble comes at high cost

By Jon Spaull       People have mined for gold in what is now Ghana for thousands of years. The precious metal has always been easy to find, hence the name the British gave the country when they colonised it: the Gold Coast. In this four-part film series, we investigate the role of illegal, …

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How parenting in Ghana shapes sexist stereotypes

John Boateng, University of Ghana and Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana Parents use a number of methods to try and raise their children well – rewards, punishments and consciously modelled behaviours or instructions. These approaches are steeped in a country’s traditions. But such practices are not without problems. In most societies, boys and girls …

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Africa gets new center for agricultural innovation

By Christophe Assogba [COTONOU, BENIN] A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …

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Africa News Headlines for 10 January 2016

A selection of Africa news headlines from publications around the globe over the past 24 hours. Years After Its Curfew Killed Theater, Ghana Gets A Second Act Source: NPR/Goats and Soda Conflict in South Sudan has ended: Ramaphosa Source: SABC Netflix now available all over Africa Source: Africa IT News Oishi eyes South African market …

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