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Public toilets

Many low-income areas in developing countries face a host of challenges; a major challenge is appropriate sanitation. According to USAID more than half of all subsidized toilets are unused, misused or abandoned. Solid and liquid waste management is usually a large financial and human burden for governments, as well as the local population.

Currently most of the faecal waste in Accra is pumped untreated into the sea, and solid waste is often left to clutter sewers or attract rodents. The Government of Ghana has already committed to preventing all faecal waste from going into the sea. Cost estimates of poor sanitation can be as high as 30% GDP per person above 5 years old, and faecal contamination is the root cause of an annual average 1,800 cases of cholera in Ghana alone.

Climate change and other factors reduces soil fertility, which impacts on the agricultural value chain. Only 8% of farmers have access to soil nutrients and fertilizer. This lack of appropriate agricultural investment has caused Ghana to become a net importer of basic foods such as vegetables and rice. Lack of energy is another challenge estimated to hamper economic growth by 6%.

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