Welcome to Ghanalinks. Ghanalinks (the “Site”) is produced and maintained by the Monitoring, Evaluation and Technical Support Services (METSS) project in Ghana. The METSS project is a four and a half year cooperative agreement under the Participating Agency Service Agreement (PASA) arrangement between U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The implementing partners of the project are Kansas State University and the University of Cape Coast. The site was developed for interactive public use, it is not an official U.S. Government website, and therefore, does not necessarily state or reflect the views or opinions of the U.S. Government or USAID. Individuals seeking USAID information should visit the agency's official government website at www.usaid.gov.

The use of this web site constitutes agreement with the following terms and conditions:

The data and information provided by the Site is for informative purposes only. The METSS project grants permission to Users to visit the Site and to download, copy and use the information, applications, documents and materials (collectively, “Materials”) from the Site for the User’s personal, non-commercial use. User’s do not have rights to resell or redistribute the Materials, subject to the terms and conditions outlined below, and also subject to more specific restrictions that may apply to specific Material within this Site.

Disclaimers

Materials provided on this Site are provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. The METSS project periodically adds, changes, improves or updates the Materials on this Site without notice. Under no circumstances shall METSS be liable for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered that is claimed to have resulted from the use of this Site, including, without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption or delay with respect thereto. The use of this Site is at the User’s sole risk. Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, shall the METSS project or its affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, even if the METSS project has been advised of the possibility of such damages. The User specifically acknowledges and agrees that the METSS project is not liable for any conduct of any User.

The Site may contain advice, opinions and statements of various information providers. The METSS project does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information provided by any information provider, any User of this Site or any other person or entity. Reliance upon any such advice, opinion, statement, or other information shall also be at the User’s own risk. Neither the METSS project nor its affiliates, nor any of their respective agents, employees, information providers or content providers, shall be liable to any User or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, alteration of or use of any content herein, or for its timeliness or completeness, nor shall they be liable for any failure of performance, computer virus or communication line failure, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting therefrom.

As a condition of use of this Site, the User agrees to indemnify the METSS project and its affiliates from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of the User’s use of this Site, including, without limitation, any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by the User of these Terms and Conditions. If the User is dissatisfied with any Material on this Site or with any of its Terms and Conditions of Use, the User’s sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Site.

This Site may contain links and references to third-party web sites. The linked sites are not under the control of the METSS project and is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The METSS project provides these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link or reference does not imply the endorsement of the linked site by the METSS project.

The Site contains electronic forums, libraries, calendars, access to mailing lists and other message or communication facilities (collectively, “Tools”), the User agrees to use the Tools only to send and receive messages and materials that are proper and related to the particular Tools. By way of example and not as a limitation, the User agrees that when using a Tool, he or she shall not do any of the following:

(a) Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;

(b) Publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information;

(c) Upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy and publicity) unless the User owns or controls the rights thereto or has received all consents therefor as may be required by law;

(d) Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer;

(e) Delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded;

(f) Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;

(g) Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or conduct or forward surveys, contests or chain letters, or download any file posted by another user of a Forum that the User knows, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.

The User acknowledges that all Tools are for public and not private communications. Further, the User acknowledges that chats, postings, conferences, e-mails and other communications by other Users are not endorsed by the METSS project, and that such communications shall not be considered to have been reviewed, screened or approved by the METSS project. The METSS project reserves the right to remove, for any reason and without notice, any content of the Tools received from Users, including, without limitation, e-mail and forum postings.

General

The METSS project reserves its exclusive right in its sole discretion to alter, limit or discontinue the Site or any Materials in any respect. The METSS project shall have no obligation to take the needs of any User into consideration in connection therewith.

The METSS project reserves the right to deny in its sole discretion any user access to this Site or any portion thereof without notice.

No waiver by the METSS project of any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall be binding except as set forth in writing and signed by its duly authorized representative