FERARI is supporting the establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform, whose membership will consist of the various actors along the fertilizer value chain. Stakeholders are of the view that the fertilizer platform will be an effective mechanism for addressing the sector challenges / issues, allow optimization and development of the fertilizer value chain and consequently facilitate food and nutrition security. Fertilizer sector stakeholder and possibly the constituents of this platform are variously resourced owing to their location/activities in the fertilizer value chain. Power plays a major role in decision making and implementation, and so it is imperative to establish how the (changing) power relations play out in the distribution of the benefits (social, environmental, economic, political, personal, etc) and/or potential negative effects for actors along the value chain. FERARI seeks to generate evidence-base for anticipating the impact of (changing) power relations among fertilizer value chain at scale, and the sustainability of the platform.

Research questions (or hypothesis)

  • How will power relations among the various value chain actors affect scaling in the fertilizer value chain, and consequently the relevance and sustainability of the fertilizer platform?
  • Will “big” private sector dominate proceedings and decision-making to the detriment of the “small” enterprises and will that skew the participation and representation?
  • Will the use of the public sector regulatory / policy-making power be adversely affecting the private sector scaling decisions, resulting in unsustainability of the platform.


The main objective of this research is to assess the impact of (changing) power relations on the fertilizer value chain development in Ghana.

Specifically, the intern will:

  • Collect and analyze data on the power relations among fertilizer value chain actors.
  • Describe the nature and scope of scaling up or out in the fertilizer value chain.
  • Determine how decisions on fertilizer sector affect scaling in fertilizer the value chain
  • Describe how power relations affect the distribution of benefits or disadvantages of scaling along the value chain, and recommend ways to leverage on changing power relations.


The student will use of political science theories, and prevailing practice to critically analyze, the power relationship among actors and determine who really benefits and/or what potentially negative effects at scale (social, environmental, economic, political, personal, etc.) may result.  The student shall also 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 Development Studies, Sociology, Political Science, or Public/Social Policy. Student must have completed the course work of his/her master’s degree and at the research stage. Demonstrated high analytical and data processing skills. Female students are recommended to apply. Selected student should be ready and willing to start in January 2021 (preferably at workshop as observer).