Testing agricultural technologies in Northern Ghana

In 2015, IFPRI collaborated with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), a Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR) research institute, to set up demonstration plots to test the productivity of maize varieties in Northern Ghana. Maize is an important food cereal in Ghana, but productivity is low. One >> Read more

Picking winners in agriculture depends on policy objectives

It is common for developing country governments or development partners to identify priority agricultural subsectors or value chains that receive targeted support to achieve policy objectives. In Ghana, for example, the new administration has prioritized the maize, rice, sorghum, soya and vegetables value chains under its Planting for Food and Jobs initiative. But how are >> Read more

CSIS report launch: A Role for Social Protection Investments to Support Food and Nutrition Security: Lessons from Ghana

Social protection programs are increasingly favored for tackling food security as they often directly target the most vulnerable. In Ghana, investments have been made in the Government of Ghana's Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) program to extend the cash transfer to pregnant women, and children under the age of one, as this early stage of >> Read more

World Bank Launches report on the impact of laws and regulations on the Business Environment of Agriculture

The World Bank has launched its report on Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) 2017, which analyses the impact of regulatory environment on agricultural performances and identifies good practices for enabling the business of agriculture. The report provides valuable insights into regulatory frameworks and institutions that can potentially increase access to inputs and markets for higher agricultural productivity and >> Read more

Mothers’ Non-Farm Entrepreneurship and Child Secondary Education in Rural Ghana

A joint discussion paper by researchers from IFPRI and KU Leuven provides an empirical insight into the impact of mothers’ non-farm entrepreneurship on the propensity of child secondary school enrollment; and in so doing contributes to the knowledge gap in the literature on the link between rural NFEs and children’s education in developing countries.   >> Read more