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Title:Spatial Patterns and Trends in Energy Use and Consumption in Africa: The Case of Biomass Reliance in Ghana
Author:Kofi-Opata, Edwina
Year:2016
Periodical:Perspectives on Global Development and Technology (ISSN 1569-1500)
Volume:15
Issue:4
Pages:406-418
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:energy consumption
energy
biofuels
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15691497-12341398
Abstract:Energy lies at the core of every human activity and can be described as having a pervasive influence on all aspects of development making it one of the most important resources that belies the development of any given country. Developing countries on the other hand are constantly faced with the daunting task of providing its industries and citizens with energy in its various forms. The resulting effect is limiting economic development and by extension limited social development. In meeting this need, the Ghanaian populace have and continue to rely on traditional biomass amid associated risks and health complications. This article analyzes the factors accounting for the heavy reliance on traditional biomass in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) with particular reference to Ghana and to determine if these factors promote a spatial pattern formation in energy use.
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