The region covers a geographical area of approximately 18,478 square kilometres. This constitutes about 12.7 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. The region is bordered on the North by the Republic of Burkina Faso, on the East by Upper East Region, on the South by Northern Region and on the West by Cote d’Ivoire.
The region is located in the guinea savannah vegetation belt. The vegetation consists of grass with scattered drought resistant trees such as the shea, the baobab, dawadawa, and neem trees. The heterogeneous collection of trees provides all domestic requirements for fuel wood and charcoal, construction of houses, cattle kraals and fencing of gardens. The shorter shrubs and grass provide fodder for livestock.
Municipal/District Chief Executives (M/DCEs) in the Upper West Region, have been cautioned against ostentatious and flashy lifestyles that could create disconnect between them and the people they are leading.
The Nandom Midwifery Training School remaining one of the three midwifery training schools in the Upper West region is increasingly getting a boost in infrastructure to improve the status of the school in the area.
Farmers in the Wa West District have hailed the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Soil Health Programme (SHP); saying it had exposed them to various Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies.