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CONSTRUCTIONAL WORKS AND FOOD INSECURITY IN APEWOSIKA AND AMAMOMA IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST

Antwi, Grace Patience Bonney; Agyapong, Mensah Arhin; Ocran, Dominic; Twumasi, Ampofo; Agbodemegbe, K. Jacob; Eshun, James Kweku (Mentor)

Geographic Focus: Cape Coast, Ghana

Date Completed: 13 May 2012

Project Description: The study considered the effect of constructional works on farmlands and food security in Apewosika and Amamoma. Interviews, observation and satellite image time series analysis indicated that:
•Building of houses, roads and other community projects have reduced farmlands sizes which have affected food production in the communities.
•Increase in building construction by indigenous of Amamma and Apewosika resulting from demand for accommodation by non-residential students of the University of Cape Coast due to its policy of in-out-out system where university students get residential accommodation only during the first year but has to be in private accommodation for the rest of his/her programme.
•Prices of food stuff are high as demands exceed supply in the two communities.
•As a solution, farming activities in the two communities should be modernized with the use of fertilizer to help increase production.
•The youth should be educated about the importance of farming.

Main Project Theme: Food Security

Map Description: Apewosika and Amamoma and two settlers communities in the University of Cape Coast. The map shows the road network, built-up of the two communities, wetland, shrubs and part of adjoining kokoado area

Photograph Description: Photograph showing farmlands used for construction, members interacting with the market women and food vendors, members at a farm and members at a farm and team members analyzing their field

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Photograph (coming soon)

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