Development through Business : A case study of Tamale Metropolitan District, Ghana

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The Northern region of Ghana has a disadvantaged position compared to other regions in Ghana. It is falling behind in economic growth, poverty alleviation and literacy levels. Its main economic sector is agriculture. Hence, the government of Ghana, civil society and the private sector are keen on modernising this sector to raise economic growth. This wish for new investments in the agricultural sector also reflects the current discourse on food security in Sub-Sahara Africa in the Netherlands. But, little is known about the current state of affairs in these regions. Especially for urban districts, where intra-urban inequality could expand fast if economies change and where there is little practice for agriculture, food insecurity could become penile. An assessment of Tamale Metropolitan District’s urbanisation and food system could reveal current states of food safekeeping and will give more insights in future directions and possibilities for innovation. It is with these thoughts in mind that the following research question has been formulated for the Tamale Metropolitan District (Tamale Municipal), the only urban district in Ghana’s Northern region. In what socio-spatial way is the fresh fruit and vegetable sector in Tamale Metropolitan District organised and could this organisation be enhanced by clustering food chains?
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