Selling Precious Assets For Food In Ghana

Published on 26 January 2009

NAAGA, Ghana - We're in the Naaga community market, in the northern Kassena/Nankana District. A woman walks from person to person,pleading for a sale. And what she’s selling is, potentially, a significant part of her potential livelihood, her egg-laying mother hen.

WFP Food Monitor Prosper Dakurah narrates the scene:


On market days, Dakurah says, community members to trade farm produce and commodities. People bring whatever they have to sell and purchase items they need for the following week.

The picture we get here, though, is of a distress sale under way as the population, already poor, feels the squeeze of challenging economic times on the global scale.

Video footage by WFP’s Marco Frattini.

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