The Cocoa Coast: The Board-Managed Cocoa Sector in Ghana

The forthcoming book by Shashi Kolavalli and Marcella Vigneri, The Cocoa Coast: The Board-Managed Cocoa Sector in Ghana, seeks to understand the success of a sector revived through the restructuring of a parastatal, namely the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), in an era of market liberalization. The book studies the drivers of success of the cocoa >> Read more

Can maize contract farming help to reduce poverty in remote areas of Norther Ghana?

A recent blog by IFPRI researchers, Catherine Ragasa and Isabel Lambrecht, cites that yield gains from the use of improved inputs under contract arrangements are not enough to offset the extra costs of using these improved technologies. Redesigning contracts to reduce farmers' repayment obligations will have limited effects vis-à-vis developing and promoting higher yielding varieties and better technologies, >> Read more

Do women in rural Ghana prefer non-farm enterprises over agriculture for economic empowerment?

From February 1 to February 8, Isabel Lambrecht, Sarah Asare and Doreen Selorm Kufualor (IFPRI, Accra) and Berber Kramer (IFPRI, Washington DC) conducted Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) in the Western and Northern Regions of Ghana. The goal of the FGDs was to learn more about preferences for economic empowerment in agriculture versus non-farm enterprises (NFEs). >> Read more

“As a wife I will help, manage, and love”

The value of qualitative research in understanding land tenure and gender in Ghana Cross posted from In this post I argue that qualitative field work aiming at understanding the local context is not a frivolous activity. For highly contested topics, such as gender and land, and in contexts where custom dominates, rigorous qualitative empirical >> Read more

GSSP Publications 2015-2016

Working Papers Big Tractors, but Small Farms: Tractor Hiring Services as a Farmer-owner’s Response to an Under-developed Agricultural Machinery Market Hybrid Maize Seed Supply in Ghana Is Ghana Making Progress in Agro-Processing?