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Ghana is an agrarian economy and most poor and food insecure people reside in the rural areas.  Ghana has seen regional differences in it’s developmental progress. Northern Ghana, for instance, remains the poorest parts of the country with most food insecure people suffering from multiple nutritional disorders. Since agriculture is the mainstay of majority of the people in this part of the country, the effective way of transforming their lives and addressing the persistent poverty menace is through agriculture development. Any such progress in the sector would have great consequence in transforming the economy of Ghana through poverty reduction, food security, employment creation and agro-industrial development. Several large agricultural and social development programs have, therefore, been implemented in Ghana, particularly in the North. Other such programs are currently under implementation and from all indications, more programs would be implemented in these parts of the country in the future. While successes may have been attained, the overall impact of raising agricultural productivity in the North may have been low, while productivity increase could have been larger in other parts of the country. In order to enhance the effectiveness of current and future programs in boosting agricultural productivity, reducing poverty and improving food security, this thesis research will tease out the lessons learned so far and arrive at recommendations for more impactful program activities.


The main objective of this research is to assess the impact from the various agricultural development programs implemented in Northern and Western Ghana by outlining lessons learned in guiding the implementation of current and future programs for greater impact.

  • Identify implemented agricultural development programs in Northern and Western Ghana form the past two decades and review their reports and other materials
  • Assess the successes and impacts by these programs
  • Assess their failures and challenges
  • Analyze the impact of agricultural developmental due to the programs on the livelihood of households in the target regions of the programs.
  • Recommend entry points, i.e. activities that future agricultural development programs must consider to enhance successes/impacts and minimize failures/drawbacks.


The student shall collect reports, promotion materials and data of identified agricultural development programs in Northern and Western Ghana. Based on a preliminary assessment, he/she will develop questionnaires to interview (former) programs leaders, actors and beneficiaries of the  programs. The student shall propose sound analytical methods for each objective.


At the end of the research, the student shall produce a thesis, policy brief and a report to FERARI on this research. Furthermore, the intern would be required to produce a research article that can be published in a scientific journal for our wider international audience.



The duration for this assignment shall be seven (7) months (first month for inception proposal, second and third month for the design of research instruments and field data collection and the remaining four months for data analysis, report writing and research article drafting.


Selection procedure

Applicants should send their motivation letter and CV. Selection will be based on thorough review of these documents and an interview with a selection committee

Application should include the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. A cover letter Indicating current Institution.
  3. A supporting letter from Thesis Supervisor.


An MPhil/MSc student in a development economics, agricultural economics, or any related social science discipline, who has completed the course work of his/her master’s degree and at the research stage. The student must demonstrate high qualitative and quantitative analytical and data processing skills.