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Whitman College

Publication Date

Spring 2011

Program Name

Ghana: Origins of African Identity


This paper looks at how growing food insecurity in Ghana, and Cape Coast in particular, is changing the role of women in the community. It examines government agricultural policy and its influence on urban communities, including Cape Coast. It seeks to understand the factors that women take into account when they prepare meals for their families and ways in which women are adapting to increasing prices of food and imported ingredients available in the markets. The research incorporated is based on the personal experiences of the author, interviews, and secondary sources. It looks at power dynamics within the community, as well as between Ghana and “the West.”


Agricultural and Resource Economics | Agriculture | Community-Based Research | Inequality and Stratification | International and Community Nutrition