Research Study

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Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number XX/XXXX).

Data Collection

This website is for the collection of data from participants in a research study of the impact of the Internet and electronic commerce in low-income communities in Ghana , West Africa. It faciliates the online collection of data which will processed to produce reports for research articles. Some reports will be presented on this website over the course of an anticpated 12 months of data collection commencing in January 2021. The core objective is to generate well-being indicators for each participant and the community in which they live and serve, and to study how these indicators change or not under the electronic commerce initiatives.

Community Action Projects (CAPs)

Two initial projects, referred to as Community Action Projects, are being established. One of these is in a low-income urban area of Accra Ghana, and the other is in a low-income rural area of the Eastern Region of Ghana focusing on:

Business and Consumer Paper Products – this is an easy-to-implement incubator project that serves a broad market with a relatively straightforward electronic commerce implementation. It also has a rapid market takeup and results from this implementation can be measured fairly early in the research program. The inital paper product is A4 paper used in printers and photocopiers. It is in widespread daily use at a consumer and business level.

Aquaculture – Tilapia – This project aims to model an optimum strategy for distributed production of tilapia and other fish species in the future. It serves to address the feasibility of aquaculture compensating for the decline in marine fisheries. Fish represents a significant contribution to the national diet and has been the subject of significant research in Ghana. However, the industry, on a national scale, appears to suffer from production management issues, including disease control, yields, production consistency, and product quality. The research will add to a more comprehensive knowledge of the management and growth of pond aquaculture, and provide insights into the future of large scale aquaponics across all regions of Ghana.

Objectives of Data Collection and Analysis

The research program directly aligns with the #1 No Poverty objective of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The CAP initiatives will be closely monitored and their performance will contribute to a better understanding of what is sustainable and generalizable across a wide range of cultural, political, and environmental landscapes.