Fred Mawunyo Dzanku

Fred Mawunyo Dzanku
University of Ghana | Legon · Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research

PhD

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August 2005 - August 2015
University of Ghana
Position
  • Research Associate

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Publications (25)
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Adequate flow of appropriate information to farmers is vital for accelerating the uptake of modern agricultural technologies and improving access to markets, all of which are important for the transformation of African economies. Yet there is limited evidence regarding how information should be disseminated to farmers to achieve the needed impact....
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This chapter argues that the implementation of agricultural and gender equality policies in Ghana is limited because of insufficient fiscal decentralization, which renders implementation at the sub-national level dependent on businesses and private sector actors with adequate financial resources. We use two agribusinesses – Serendipalm Company Limi...
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Using a comparative mixed methods approach involving two districts each in Southern and Northern Ghana, this article addresses the question: under what conditions, and at what scale does smallholder agricultural commercialisation promote or hinder food security? Specifically, it presents an analysis of how gender and spatial inequalities in resourc...
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Based on theories of learning that suggest that repetition is important for knowledge retention and application, this article hypothesized that sending farmers reminders about cereal management information received during face‐to‐face training has impact on the adoption of recommended practices and related agricultural outcomes over and above what...
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This article uses household panel data for six countries in rural sub‐Saharan Africa to study the dynamics of off‐farm diversification rather than the ‘static’ analyses common in the related literature. It identifies drivers of economic livelihood mobility and implications for poverty reduction. The results show that on‐farm specialization imposes...
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Using panel data for six rural sub-Saharan Africa countries, this article tests two hypotheses: (i) household-specific staple food price bands resulting from market failures in the presence of liquidity constraints and rainfed agriculture induces rural household specialisation in food crops as an economic livelihood strategy; (ii) specialisation in...
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Although poverty reduction policies in developing countries hinge on the link between smallholder productivity and welfare, micro level empirical evidence on this is limited in sub-Saharan Africa and neglects the multidimensionality of welfare. This article contributes through investigating the productivity-poverty relationship using a number of we...
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Given Africa’s challenge of feeding a growing population, narrowing yield gaps is an efficient way of raising production under covariate constraints. Using household panel data from 21 regions in eight sub-Saharan African countries, this article unravels the determinants of yield gaps. It also tests the hypothesis that poverty gaps are increasing w...
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This book investigates how the changed agricultural policy climate affected government policies in the nine countries studied already as part of the preceding project: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. By repeating the cross-sectional survey made in over 100 villages in 2002 and converting it into a p...
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Prior to the 1980s, Ghana witnessed an alternating cycle of boom and scarcity, culminating in the introduction of structural adjustment policies in the early 1980s. This paper uses data from the Ghana Forestry Services, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, FAO Yearbook of Forestry Products, Ghana Timber Marketing Board, Quarterly Digest of the Ghana S...
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This paper investigates the relationship between land rights, investment in sustainable land use practices and agricultural productivity in 11 districts located in 4 agro-ecological zones in Ghana. The effects of individualized land rights on three categories of investments—tree cover conservation, irrigation, and soil improvements are examined. Th...

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The project describes and explains the work aspirations and expectations of final year students about to transit into the labour market. The employment situation of African young people has become an important social and policy issue, however, the quality and breadth of information informing public and policy discourses on youth un/employment is inadequate. In particular, very little research attention has been paid to young people’s own aspirations, preferences and expectations, even though these are important influences on their choices and on their eventual life outcomes. Data was collected from focus group discussions and a survey of over 3,000 final year students.