ISBN 9789988633851
Pages 230
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations
Published 2015
Publisher United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Ghana
Format Paperback

Economic and Financial Analyses of Small and Medium Food Crops Agro-Processing Firms in Ghana

by Timothy Afful-Koomson, Stephen Frimpong, William Fonta, Nathaniel Amoh

This book reports on a research project that analysed agro-processing firms' economic and financial situation in Ghana. The main objective of the book is to provide an empirical evidence for stakeholders in the agricultural value-chain to improve efficiencies in food crops agro-processing in Ghana. The research project, undertaken by economic and financial research experts, focussed on food crops agro-processing firms' structure and concentration, ownership and employment characteristics, operational capacities, use of technology, productivity, and credit conditions. It also discusses constraints facing firms in the food crop agro-processing industry regarding standardisation, quality control and marketing. The book categorically outlines the context, opportunities and challenges in promoting food crops agro-processing in Ghana. It also provides a framework that will enable policy makers and other actors to prioritise interventions needed for using agro-processing to rationalise industrialisation, substitute import, create jobs and promote inclusive growth.

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About the Authors

Timothy Afful-Koomson

Timothy A. Koomson is a Senior Research Fellow of Environmental Policy at UNU-INRA.

Stephen Frimpong

Stephen Frimpong is a Research Assistant at UNU-INRA. 

William Fonta

William Fonta is a Visiting Scholar at UNU-INRA and Lecturer in the Department of Economics at University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Nathaniel Amoh

Nathaniel Amoh is a Research Assistant at UNU-INRA.