How the policy environment influences value chain linkages: a comparative study of cocoa and pineapple in Ghana

  • Seth Awuku Manteaw CSIR-Head OfficePO Box M32, Accra, Ghana West Africa
  • Jonathan Nicholas Anaglo University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG68, Legon. Accra. Ghana. West Africa
  • Seth Dankyi Boateng University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG68, Legon. Accra. Ghana West Africa
  • Benjamin Yao Folitse CSIR-INSTI, PO Box M32, Accra, Ghana West Africa
Keywords: Policy Environment, Value Chain, Linkages, Cocoa, Pineapple, Export, Private Sector, Ghana

Abstract

This paper takes its point of departure from the school of thought that linkages in agricultural commodity value chains may hold the key to making actors in the chain innovative. Ghana's agricultural export sector is characterized by two main types of export: traditional and non-traditional. The traditional agricultural export sector is driven largely by the cocoa industry, while the pineapple industry represents one of the leading commodity industries in the non-traditional export sector. Using a multiple case study methodology, the paper seeks to examine how the policy environment could strengthen value chain linkages and make activities in the value chains more competitive. The study was derived from interactions with actors in the cocoa and pineapple value chains, namely input suppliers, producers, buyers, processors and some support services providers and regulatory agencies. The intention was to assemble their perceptions as interpreted in their own settings. The study showed how the existing policy on research, extension and marketing had encouraged better linkages horizontally and vertically among actors in the pineapple value chain. On the other hand, the policy underpinned by a public sector leadership in the cocoa value chain, had lowered the motivation for stronger linkages in the cocoa value chain. In terms of policy implication, the study makes a strong case for more participation of private sector actors as it is more likely to expand the platform for more interactive learning among actors for their mutual benefit.

Author Biographies

Seth Awuku Manteaw, CSIR-Head OfficePO Box M32, Accra, Ghana West Africa

 

Seth A. Manteaw is a research scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Secretariat (CSIR) Accra, Ghana. He is mainly involved in agricultural extension activities and Coordinates Research-Farmer Extension Linkages programme within the Council. His research interest includes value chain analysis and agricultural policy analysis. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

Contact: CSIR-Head Office, PO Box M32, Accra, Ghana. Mobile: 233-244955917. Emailsmanteaw@yahoo.com

Jonathan Nicholas Anaglo, University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG68, Legon. Accra. Ghana. West Africa

Jonathan N. Anaglo, .is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. He is mainly involved in lecturing in agricultural extension at the Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Ghana. His research interest includes value chain analysis and agricultural policy analysis. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. Contact: University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG68, Legon. Accra. Ghana. Mobile: 233-247529255. Email: joanaglo@ug.edu.gh

 

Seth Dankyi Boateng, University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG68, Legon. Accra. Ghana West Africa

Seth D. Boateng, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. He is mainly involved in lecturing in agricultural extension at the Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Ghana. His research interest includes value chain analysis and agricultural policy analysis. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.  Contact: University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG68, Legon. Accra. Ghana. Mobile: 233-207611809. Email: sdboateng@ug.edu.gh

Benjamin Yao Folitse, CSIR-INSTI, PO Box M32, Accra, Ghana West Africa

Benjamin Y. Folitse is a reference Librarian at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (CSIR-INSTI) Accra, Ghana. His research interest includes factors that influence the use of agricultural information, and forging an effective linkage among researchers, extension agents and farmers. He holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana. Contact: CSIR-INSTI, PO Box M32, Accra, Ghana. Mobile: 233-244574419. Emailfolitse62@yahoo.com

Published
2018-04-30
Section
Articles