Upper West Region
|Upper West Region|
|• Regional Minister||Amin Amidu Sulemani|
|• Total||18,476 km2 (7,134 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 7th|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||Ranked 10th|
|• Density||38/km2 (98/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||GH-UW|
Geography and climate
Location and size
The Upper West region is bordered on the north by the northern Ghana-Burkina Faso border, on the east by the Upper East region and Northern region, on the south by the Northern region, and on the west by the western Ghana-Burkina Faso border. It is the seventh largest region in Ghana in total area, and is made up of 9 districts.
The Wechiau Hippopotamus Sanctuary is located South West of Wa, along the Black Volta River.There is also the Gwollu Wall in the Sissala District which also serves as the hometown of one of Ghana's past presidents - Dr. Hilla Liman.
A distinctive feature of the Upper West region's culture is the brewing of pito (pronounced PEE-toe) a sweet, mildly alcoholic beverage derived from millet. Pito is sold by the brewers in open-air bars and drunk from calabashes.
The major economic activity of the region is agriculture. Crops grown include corn, millet, peanuts, ocra, shea butter, and rice. Sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and guinea fowl are raised for meat and eggs. Because the region's dry season is long, extending roughly from October to May, many people leave the region to work in the southern part of Ghana for at least part of the year.
The political administration of the region is through the local government system. Under this administration system, the region is divided into nine districts. Each District, or Municipal Area, is administered by a Chief Executive representing the central government but deriving authority from an Assembly headed by a presiding member elected from among the members themselves.
|Districts in Upper West Region|