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Bagbin, Sumana, K. Alban

Constituency: Nadowli Kaleo
Region: Upper West Region
Party: NDC
Parliamentary Seat: majority

Date of Birth: September 24, 1957
Hometown: Sombo, Upper West Region
Highest Education: EMGL (GIMPA), 2007; BA (Law and English), U, 1980; BL (GSL) 1982
Profession: Lawyer
Last Employment: Partner, Law Trust Company, Adabraka-Accra (Barristers, Solicitors and Notary Public); MP January, 1993 to date-6th term)
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Christianity (Catholic)
Votes Obtained: 16,063 votes out of the 28,648 valid votes cast = 56.07%, Others: Robbinson Dakubu Boye Bandie (NPP) 12,073 = 42.14%, Nana Anganngmini Bafara (PPP)253 = 0.88%, Thaddeus Jude Kpan (PNC) 169 = 0.59% AND Nuhu Amora Adama (NDP) 90 = 0.31%


Traditional Authority
The traditional authority, although perceived as anachronistic, it play a vital role in ensuring good governance especially in a transitional countrys like Ghana. With Nadowli being a typical rural constituency, the role of the chieftaincy institution in matters related to land, conflict resolution, revenue mobilization and the maintenance of law and order is far overriding. 
Ironically, the chieftaincy institution in the constituency is fraught with a myriad of problems that have in no small measure weakened its ability to perform its avowed functions. For instance, out of the   five (5) paramouncies in the district, only two is currently occupied due to intense chieftaincy disputes. This situation has constrained effective collaboration with traditional authorities in local governance. Efforts should   be made to resolve all the conflicts inherent in the chieftaincy institution   to enable it perform its avowed functions.
The constituency depicts a typical rural economy dominated by the agriculture sector with the commerce and industrial sectors least developed.  Agriculture alone accounts for about 85% of the labour force while commerce/service and industry account for 14% and 1% respectively.
Understanding the characteristics of the district economy in terms of the advantages it offers for poverty reduction is critical for analysis.  This section therefore examines the structure of the constituency economy in terms of its capacity for achieving accelerated growth for poverty reduction. 
Agriculture is the mainstay of the people in the constituency employing about 85% of the population. Food crop production in this sector largely remains subsistence with low output levels. The main activities practiced include food and cash crop production as well as animal rearing. 
The agriculture sector is also characterized by crop farming and livestock production. The sector is estimated to be growing at 2.1% per annum, which is below the national target of 6% per annum.  Even though efforts have been made to boost the sector, production still remains at subsistence, as there are no large plantations holding in the constituency.  
Crop Production 
The major food crops grown in the constituency are millet, sorghum (guinea corn), maize, cowpea and yam. Cash crops cultivated include groundnuts, cotton, cowpea, soybeans, cassava, tiger nuts and pepper. The cultivation of cash crops has not received much attention as a result of market uncertainties. Economic trees like the shea, dawadawa, and baobab, which constitute a major source of income for women, are still wild and prone to destruction by annual bushfires.
Methods of Farming
About 75% of farmers rely on traditional methods of farming using simple tools such as cutlass and hoes and are highly dependent on rainfall for crop production.  Only about 25% of the farmers rely on intermediate technology using tractor services, animal drawn implements and irrigation. 
These methods of farming do not only lead to the depletion of the soils, but also, result in low yield which is responsible for the low income and hence low standard of living, as well as food insecurity in the constituency. Promoting the use of improved methods of farming and the adoption of improved crop varieties should not be over looked in any attempt to improving agricultural productivity the constituency.
Land Tenure
Land tenure has been identified as one of the major constraints to agricultural production in Ghana due to its implications a large scale large scale farming. The main methods of land acquisition identified in the constituency are freehold and lease hold. 
The constituency lies in the guinea savanna zone and has one main rainy season for agricultural production thus from May to September. The rest of the year is dry and can only be used for dry season gardening. However the low development of the irrigable agriculture has limited productivity the dry seasons where farmers become dormant and have no major farming activities to undertake. 
Farming Systems
The main farming system in the constituency is mixed farming based on bush fallowing and compound farming. Majority of the farmers (97%), mainly subsistence farmers practiced mixed cropping, 25% practiced mono cropping and 30% plant with fertilizer and improved seeds. Bush fallowing is practiced on a large scale as a method of replenishing soil fertility.  
Nadowli constituency is located in the heart of the Upper West region of Ghana. It lies between latitude 11° 30° and 10° 20
The constituency has a mean annual temperature of 32°C and a mean monthly temperature ranging between 36°C in March to 27°C in August. The constituency ties within the tropical continental zone and annual rainfall is confined to 6 months that is from April to September and is also unevenly distributed.
Mean annual rainfall is about 1100mm with its peak in August. Between October March there is virtually no rain and this long dry season is made harsh by the dry northeasterly harmattan winds. Relative humidity is between 70%and 90% during the rainy season but is as low as 20% during the long dry season.
Nadowli constituency lies within the tropical continental or guinea savannah woodland characterized by shrubs and grassland with scattered medium sized trees. Some economic trees found in the district are kapok, shea, baobab, mango and dawadawa and these are both resistant to both fire and drought.
Tourism Attractions
Tourism has been discovered to be one of the main driving forces of economic growth in least developed economies. Even though the constituency has a strong tourism potential; this is yet to be  developed to contribute meaningfully to the constituency economy. The following are some of the sites that have been identified and investigated to be viable in the constituency:
• Cluster of Anthills (Falantan Anthills) at Bayero near Nanville,
• Rocks and caves at Sankana,
• Ombo Wura Rock at Ombo near Kaleo,
•  Pizaga caves at Tabiesi
• Crocodile Pond at Kaleo 
•  Bone -setters Clinic at Duong 
• Porcupine Sanctuary or Villages at Cure near Sombo
• Palm Thicket in the middle of the Savanna and pond at Vogoni
The development of the aforementioned tourist sites has been constrained by poor roads and the inadequacy of recreational and accommodation facilities in the constituency. Thus far, plans are afoot to
make these sites accessible and also provide the needed recreational and accommodation facilities.

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