Brandon Currie

James Boafo is a Master's student in geography and rural development at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He is currently working on project relating to sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation, with the aim to explore linkages between the two fields. His research interests include forest management, poverty alleviation, climate change and food security.

Blog Posts

September 22, 2012
The trajectory of the forest management policies in Ghana date all the way back to 1906 when colonial legislation was passed to regulate commercial logging, resulting in the establishment of the Forestry Department in 1908. It took until 1948 for the department to develop the first national policy for the conservation and protection of forest reserve estates in Ghana, even though it focused on the sustainable supply of timber for the wood industry (which led to the over-exploitation of unreserved forests).
August 22, 2012
Ghana has always been well-endowed with natural resources, chief among them forest products such as timber which have supported economic growth for decades. Mismanagement of these resources has led to severe deforestation, however, and has threatened the sustainability of the country’s lucrative forestry industry.