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Country Flag of Ghana.svg Ghana
Region Ashanti Region
District Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly
Population (2012)
 • Total 60,919[1]
  Ranked 30th in Ghana
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) GMT (UTC)

Tafo is a town in Kumasi Metropolitan District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana near the regional capital Kumasi.[2] Tafo is the thirtieth most populous settlement in Ghana, in terms of population, with a population of 60,919 people.[1] Because of the town's population and housing development in recent years, it is debatable whether Tafo is still regarded as a separate town, or already a suburb of Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti region. The town is near Kumasi, with a distance of approximately 3.3 kilometers to the center of a similar name sounding village named New Tafo and must be distinguished from Tafo. Tarkwa is located just 4.6 km away from Tafo. The city center of Kumasi is located approximately 9.8 kilometers away. Tafo is one of the urban constituencies of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, the town's parliamentary candidate shall have one direct seat to the Parliament of Ghana.


Tafo is also due to its history of a regional headquarters of Ashanti-King, the Tafohene. An important Cocoa Research Institute was opened in June 1938[3] at Tafo. At one point the institute had 1,000 employees. Now it only has about 200 employees who perform essentially research and monitoring activities in the area of cocoa cultivation. On test fields in the laboratory and the biological control, African locust are tested and developed with specific pathogens. In the census of 18 March 1983, there was 25,688 people living in Tafo. A population estimation for January 2007 indicated 53,165 inhabitants.


Tafo Hospital, a major hospital in Tafo, is the health care institution of the local population and plays a major role in the overall well-being of the Town's population.


In Tafo, so far, the lowest temperature was measured at 12 °C, which is also the lowest temperature registered in Kumasi and Ghana.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "World Gazetteer online". World-gazetteer.com. 
  2. ^ Touring Ghana - Ashanti Region. touringghana.com.
  3. ^ "Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG)". Ghana Cocoa Board. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 

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Coordinates: 6°44′9″N 1°36′29″W / 6.73583°N 1.60806°W / 6.73583; -1.60806