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Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (1986)

Road transport and foodstuff distribution in the Northern Region of Ghana

Iddrisu, Abdullah

Titre : Road transport and foodstuff distribution in the Northern Region of Ghana

Auteur : Iddrisu, Abdullah

Université de soutenance : Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Grade : Master of Science in Regional Planning, 1986

Résumé partiel
Road transport facilities in the Northern Region are among the most important factors that affect economic activities, especially food production and distribution. The growth of internal road transport in the region has greatly assisted the production and distribution of food crops like maize, rice, millet and yams for both local consumption and “export”. However, despite the important role that road transport plays in food production and distribution in the Northern Region, the transport system is besieged with numerous problems and as such, its role though important, is not very, effective and mare efficient as should be the case. There are still situations in the region where a lot of food get rotten in the farming settlements and large tracts of land which have potentials for agricultural food production remain unexploited. This situation occurs partly because of the lack of adequate transport facilities which have been, and continue to be, a great impediment to the distribution of foodstuffs and the development of the economy. The objective of this thesis is to study the road transportation system within the Northern Region of Ghana and to assess the extent to which it promotes or hinders food production and distribution. The research is based on a field survey conducted in the study area and a literature review of road transport and food distribution. The stratified random sampling technique was used to select the districts, towns and villages from where the farmers and traders were interviewed using a questionnaire. Inventory was also taken of the existing road transport network within the study area and information on the condition of the various roads was also gathered. The study revealed that there were some correlations between the nature of the roads over which foodstuffs were evacuated for distribution and the fares charged, The correlation between the distance travelled with a 100 kilogram weight of foodstuff and the fare charged was very high on these roads as compared with what was charged over the same distance on the good roads. Overall, the condition of the roads in the study area was very poor arid transport fares for carting foodstuffs were very high and sometimes prohibitive. The study also revealed that the dominant mode of evacuating food- stuffs in the study area was head porterage ; and traders who went to villages to purchase foodstuffs for further distribution restricted their operations to only villages that had good access roads,

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