Profiling, Potential Economic Resources and Problems of Upper East Region of Ghana: A Case in Sanabiisi Community in Bongo District

AshEse Journal of Economics

Vol. 3(1), pp. 114-145, September, 2017                                                                                   

ISSN 2396-8966

© 2017 AshEse Visionary Limited  

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Azaare Jacob1*, Ransford Okoe Odai2, Ahiaku Wilhemina Seyome3

1School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, P.R. China

2,3School of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, P.R. China

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Received February, 2017; Accepted March, 2017

Abstract

This paper contains detailed account of the people of Sanabiisi, their potential economic resources and problems. This paper is to help policy makers and investors explore developmental problems faced by the people and their potential resources which they could help tap to develop and better the standard of living conditions of the people. The study revealed that Sanabiisi lies within Guinea Savannah zone with total population of 2284 which is made up of Namosi, Bossi and Saaba, all from the Grune ethnic group traced from the Mole Dagbani in Nalerigu in the Northern Region of Ghana. The major occupation is agriculture which employs about 83.5% of the labour force who are mostly youth with mixed cropping and mixed farming being the main methods of farming. Major crops grown and livestock reared are millet, groundnuts, guinea corn, rice and goats, pigs, sheep, cattle, donkey, etc. Lands for cultivation are acquired through inheritance. Productivity is very low due to poor soil fertility and self-financing. 16.5% of the labour force also do involve in economic activities like Dawadawa processing, Pito brewing, Crafting, etc. but on small scale because of lack of financial support. There is only one Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) in the community but it lacks both human and material resources. Sicknesses such as epilepsy, sexual weakness, malaria, stroke etc. are therefore most at time treated by traditional healers. The research methodology includes the use of primary data from a field survey, analysis of evidence from the empirical study as well as an analysis of secondary data obtained from various public institutions within which the community is found.

Key words: Rural Development, Economic Resources, Ghana, Sanabiisi Community.

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