Insights from IPA Ghana Workshop: Towards Agricultural Innovation in Ghana

Agricultural research is vital to any policy reform in Ghana. From indepth analysis of a situation in order to proffer policy advice, to looking into ways of scaling up current policies, detailed agricultural research can fill knowledge gaps and provide context-specific information to help the country’s policies achieve the best possible impact. It is for this reason we applaud the positive work done by Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) Ghana.-Agricinghana Media

While the world works toward the Sustainable Development Goals, important transformations of the agricultural sector will be required to achieve food security, the eradication of poverty and hunger, and sustainable economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.

This is particularly true in Ghana, where the agricultural sector contributes 19 percent of GDP and absorbs 45 percent of total national employment. Low productivity in agriculture is strongly associated with poverty: 78 percent of the poor population of Ghana lives in rural areas.

These figures indicate that a more competitive and productive agricultural sector can support poverty eradication. Government and other key stakeholders must create the enabling environment to boost agricultural productivity and profitability.

Madeleen Husselman, Country Director of IPA Ghana posing a question to a panel

Rigorous studies in the agriculture sector conducted in Ghana and across Africa are available, and can provide insight into how to pursue this goal. However, lessons from such studies are often not readily available to policymakers and institutions. For Ghana to design informed policies aiming at promoting rural development, bridging the gap and creating a constructive dialogue between researchers and policymakers is of paramount importance.

Towards Agricultural Innovation in Ghana brought together researchers, local and international NGOs, inter-governmental organizations, and policymakers working in the agricultural sector to facilitate dialogue among different parties about rigorous studies on the impact of agricultural interventions. By creating more visibility for such existing studies and discussing their implications, the event promoted the use of rigorous evidence from both Ghana and elsewhere within the region, with the ultimate goal of designing informed policies and programs to improve food security and reduce poverty in the country.

Themes of interest

Towards Agricultural Innovation in Ghana offered the opportunity to present rigorous research studies and discuss their implications. Contributions focused on thematic areas that are relevant for policy decision-making and are bottlenecks for Ghanaian agricultural development. These themes included:

¬ Agricultural extension services

¬ Microfinance products for agriculture

¬ Technological innovation and adoption in agriculture

¬ Rural labor markets

¬ Agricultural value chains

Group shot of workshop participants



Reading Attachments

Policy Brief: Evidence in Agriculture in Ghana [pdf: 601kb]

Community Extension Agent Program Brief [pdf: 815.07kb]

Testing Agricultural Technologies Brief [pdf: 553.87kb]

Weather Forecasting Program Brief [pdf: 2.32 mb]

The Editors at Agricinghana Media will publish all the research papers presented at the workshop in a follow-up article. Enjoy reading…


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