It is estimated that in the poorer areas in the Northern sector of Ghana, women spend as much as 12 to 15 hours a day in transporting farm produce, farm inputs, water, fuel and other items by head load. In spite of all the drudgery by these women there has been no improvement in the quality of their lives. Their household incomes have remained at the lower level due to inefficient ways of spending their time and efforts. Rural mobility continues to be a major problem. Headloading is the predominant mode of short haul transport in Ghana. This paper describes a study undertaken by Mssrs. I.T. Transport of U.K. to promote the use of Intermediate Means of Transport (IMT) and its effective integration with the conventional motorized transport in rural Ghana. The IMT used was a Cycle Trailer (CT) connected to a bicycle. The main objectives of the IMT project were to: 1. improve rural mobility at minimal cost; 2. alleviate drudgery associated with women; 3. improve earning capacity of farm workers and alleviate poverty; and 4. make time available to village women for more productive work as well as enable them to devote more time for family welfare and household. Results indicate that the IMT project was a big success for the poverty ridden rural areas of Ghana. It improved rural mobility, alleviated drudgery of headloading by woman and children, improved quality of life and gave economic benefits to the rural poor.


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  • Pagination: p. 369-378

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  • Accession Number: 00727076
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1996 12:00AM