Posted on :
4 Nov, 2021
4 Nov, 2021
Agricultural value chain development (VCD) is an important way of reducing poverty in developing countries through building the competitiveness of selected chains to stimulate benefits for one or more actors, targeting marginalized producers upstream. In Ghana, evidence show that several programs aimed at improving the productive capacity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers and other value chain actors have been undertaken. Yet, Smallholders’ integration into input and output markets remain limited. Most smallholder value chains continue to be characterized by limited input use, low productivity and limited ability of farmers to supply industry required quality and quantity. This casts questions about the effectiveness of value chain programs undertaken in the past and the extent to which their approaches fit the Ghanaian smallholder context. This study seeks to understand the various VC projects that have been undertaken in Ghana, the thought processes (theoretical, conceptual and practical) that went into their initiation, actual decisions made in the programs, the logic behind those decisions, and the extent to which their goals were achieved.
Job Title: Internship – Assessment of agricultural value chain development programs in Ghana
The Study Will Specifically
This student shall conduct an extensive desk review of materials such as project reports, technical reports, working papers, white papers, minutes of meetings, etc. (S)he will also conduct a survey/interview for various actors along agricultural value chains who have previously participated in such programs. With support of the FERARI team, the student shall be required to provide a clear study methodology for this research.
At the end of the research, the student shall produce a report to FERARI on this research and extract the most important findings in a policy brief. The student would also be assisted to produce a research article that can be published in a scientific journal for our wider international audience.
An MPhil/MSc student in Agricultural Economics, Development economics or Sociology. Applicant must have completed his/her course work and ready to start the research component. The applicant must demonstrate high analytical and data processing skills and must have a good knowledge of qualitative and quantitative social science research.
The duration for this assignment shall be seven (7) months.