Reflections on Ghana’s Commodity Exchange

Reflections on Ghana’s Commodity Exchange

check out this piece on Ghana’s Commodity Exchange

Curbing Illicit Financial Flows from Resource-rich Developing Countries

On Tuesday 6th November 2018, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, opened the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX), a platform for buying and selling listed agricultural commodities. It is the first of its kind in West Africa, and one of three on the African continent, and is meant to make Ghana the agricultural hub of the sub region. The Exchange has started with spot trading and hopes to introduce futures trading as time goes on.

The GCX is set to ensure standardization of agricultural commodities and prices. Through the secure storage facilities to be provided for farmers, it is expected that post-harvest losses will be minimized, there by leading to better food security for the nation; and stable income flow for farmers as well as agribusinesses. This should lead to a minimization of imports and more exports.

A commodity exchange is an organized marketplace where buyers and sellers come together…

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I Have Seen the One Who Sees Me

I Have Seen the One Who Sees Me

Beautiful reflection on the woman with the issue of blood

Hope Unyielding

Unclean.

Unclean am I, I am unclean, because of a bleeding that won’t stop, no matter how much I adhere to the doctors’ instructions, more outrageous and extravagant by the day. Weakness does not just fill me; it is me.

I feel cold in the sun.

I want to seek Him, Jehovah, the Lord, the One who saw and loved Hagar abandoned in the desert. But I am cut off. Shame and sin are mine, are me. An unrepentant woman. I hear the whispers: “It’s her sin. If only she would repent, she would be healed.” I am unclean, unclean am I. I used to have a name before the condemning blood.

When I heard about him from my mother, when she told me about what he did for the blind man that used to beg at the end of our street, all I could think of was how…

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On the Lies I’ve Believed and the Truth He’s Giving

On the Lies I’ve Believed and the Truth He’s Giving

Beautiful!

Hope Unyielding

“The eye is the lamp of the body,” Jesus said. “If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.”

My eyes have been bad for so long, viewing dirt as gold and being blind to the treasure before me. I run after cheap copies of the real thing, then scream at God in desperation when he keeps them out of reach.

I am like the idol-maker Isaiah speaks of in chapter 44 verse 20: “Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”Hand, Fist, Dust, Black And White, Grip, Dirt, Dirty

I’ve been telling myself lies about God for years. He’s good, of course, but he’s not really good to me. He loved me enough to give me eternal life, but not enough…

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Sister of My Heart- by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Sister of My Heart- by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Really interesting book we read!

Awolaryea

sister of my heart

Sister of My Heart is a story which tells of love, loyalty, suffering, crushed expectations, family, strength in unity, the power of women among other themes. The story revolves around the lives of two cousins- Anju and Sudha. Divakaruni allows us to grow with them from childhood, through their teens up until they get married. In the alternating style that Divakaruni chooses Anju and Sudha allow us a glimpse into their lives each telling the story from their perspective. These wonderful story-tellers teach us lessons about Indian oral traditions, rituals, food, marital arrangements among others.

Although the challenges that Anju and Sudha’s family face are commonplace, they are relatable. One clear theme that resonated with me as I read the novel was crushed hopes and dreams. I was nostalgic as I read about their dreams and hopes about the future which they shared with each other with so much certainty…

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Our strength -at rest

Our strength -at rest

Beautiful!

Awolaryea

May God deal with us as he did with Joshua son of Nun. I know the Israelites had to fight several physical battles in their quest to take over the promise-land. However, I absolutely love the account in Joshua 5:1. It tells of the wondrous things that God did for the Israelites as Joshua led them into the promise-land, specifically how He stopped the Jordan so they could cross on dry land.

The mighty acts of God put so much fear in the hearts of those who were arming themselves for battle against the Israelites that they lost all their courage. Joshua 5:1 “Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they[a] had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the…

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Eustace Clarence Scrubb: Changed by the Power of Aslan

Eustace Clarence Scrubb: Changed by the Power of Aslan

Beautiful thoughts about the transformation of Eustace Scrubb in “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and how that relates to Christian life in general.

Faith, Folk and Charity

As we remember C.S. Lewis fifty years after his death – and today, which would have 001862ba95bf951f_largebeen his 115th birthday – I post the second in my 2006 Lent series on characters from the Narnia stories and what they can teach us about following Jesus.

Please note that this sermon is based on the book, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, not the movie!

C.S. Lewis begins his Narnia story The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with these words: ‘There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb – and he almost deserved it’. What follows is a wonderful story that works on at least two levels. On the surface, we have a classic tale about a sea voyage and the adventures the sailors go through along the way. On a deeper level, though, we have a story about the transformation of Eustace Clarence Scrubb from a thoroughly self-centred and…

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Reflections on applying for a Small Grant

Reflections on applying for a Small Grant

Great thoughts about writing for grants

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I recently found out that a bid I’d made for a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant had been successful. I tweeted about this and said I’d be happy to share what I’d learnt in the process of making my application – particularly because I’d had a rejected one in the past and I know what I did differently this time around. There was some interest in me sharing my reflections…so here they are! The amount funded by these awards is very small (only up to £10,000), yet the amount of work that goes into writing an application is huge – so hopefully this will be helpful to others.

I’m definitely not an expert in winning funding bids – far from it! – and I want that to be really clear. There are many resources out there from people with far, far more experience and insight to offer than me –…

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