Crop diversity decline ‘threatens food security’

Other crops provide the supplementary nutrients to diets that the major staple foods cannot deliver

Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago – raising concerns about the resilience of the global food system, a study has shown. The authors warned a loss of diversity meant more people were dependent on key crops, leaving them more exposed to harvest failures. Higher consumption of energy-dense crops could also contribute to a global rise ...

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‘Subah scandal’ committee concludes probe

George Blankson - GRA Boss

The  technical committee set up by government to investigate the payment of GH¢75 million by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to its assign, Subah Infosolutions, for no apparent work done has concluded, but details of the report have been wrapped tight. Member of the committee and Head of Tax Policy at the Ministry of Fiance Mr Tony Dzadzra, told the ...

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WhatsApp founders make last-minute addition to Forbes’ billionaires list

Co-founder and CEO of Whatsapp Jan Koum speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 24, 2014.

Jan Koum and Brian Acton, the cofounders of WhatsApp, made Forbes’ annual billionaires’ list with few moments to spare after Facebook offered a total of $19 billion to buy the company. The deal, if completed, will give Koum a fortune of $6.8 billion, according to Forbes. Acton will be worth at least $3 billion. The two were the subject of a very well-timed profile that Forbes had ...

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ACCESS bank launches visa prepaid and Gh-link cards

Dolapo Ogundimu, MD- Access Bank

Access Bank (Ghana) Limited has launched two innovative card products onto the Ghanaian market targeted at both customers and non customers of the Bank. The two products, Visa Prepaid Card and the Access Link Cards, were formally launched at a breakfast meeting with selected customers, industry players and key stakeholders in Accra on Thursday. The introduction of the card products ...

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GAF issues ultimatum to defaulting freight companies

Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quarshie

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quarshie, has directed that all companies that have defaulted in supplying cost insurance and freight (CIF) goods ordered by Ghanaian soldiers on international peacekeeping operations are to supply the goods by April 30, 2014, without fail. The CDS has further stated that the Armed Forces would take appropriate action against ...

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Donors withold US$700million

Seth Terkper, Finance Minister

Donors have withheld direct budgetary support worth US$700million in the past two years in response to the government’s large spending overruns and the inability of some ministries to meet conditions for disbursement. The situation has increased pressure on the government’s domestic revenues, which have to be supplemented by more borrowing to plug the hole created in the budget by suspension ...

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ICB inaugurates new board

Members of the New Board

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s best banking brand and one of West Africa’s largest lenders, has confirmed its pledge to transform its Ghanaian subsidiary, the International Commercial Bank (ICB Bank), into the bank of choice for Ghanaians with the inauguration of a seven-member Board of Directors. Chaired by the Honourable Joseph Yieleh Chireh, a pharmacist, and a Member of ...

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Anti-galamsey task force resumes operation soon


The Inter-Ministerial Task Force Against Illegal Mining (Galamsey) is to move into the second phase of its operation soon, President John Dramani Mahama has said. The first phase of the operation, conducted in 2013, saw the task force dismantling hundreds of illegal gold mining sites in the country and evicting thousands of illegal miners, including Chinese, from the sites. During ...

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Consider cheaper fuel solutions for Ghana – Buah to VRA Board

Emmanuel Kofi Buah is Energy Minister

Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah has urged board members of the Volta River Authority (VRA) to consider cheaper fuel solutions for the country’s energy needs. He pointed out that the VRA must work to improve its financial viability to enable it compete with international independent power producers in the country. Speaking at the inauguration of the ...

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Fishermen cautioned against destruction of marine resource


Deputy Minister for Fisheries, Aquinas Tawiah Quansah has cautioned fishermen to desist from using unapproved methods for fishing to deplete marine resources. “Do not let people to perceive you as being your own enemies if you do not get a good catch when you go for fishing expedition, because you have used bad methods to deplete marine resources,” he advised. ...

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