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.
In a bid to form a formidable team to participate in the next level of sporting games in the upper west region, the Jirapa zone sport federation has organized the biannual inter-school games and athletics competition for senior high schools.
The Member of Parliament for Sissala East constituency, Sulemana Alijata Gbentie has financed the Regional Fisheries Department in the Upper West Region to collaborate with the Zonal Fisheries Officer in Tumu to embark on a fish harvesting in two local dams in the area.