Date of birth
May 15, 1975

Place of birth
Navrongo, Upper East Region, Ghana

Undergraduate studies

  • 1994-1998: University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. (B.Sc. Agriculture Technology, Agricultural Economics and Extension Option)
  • 1999-2001: University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana (Master of Philosophy [M. Phil] in Agricultural Economics)
  • M.Sc. Thesis: "Evaluating the Efficiency of the Yam Marketing System in Ghana." (Supervisors: Mr. Ditchfield Amegashie and Dr. (Mrs) Ramatu Alhassan)

Current position
Since Sept. 2006: PhD Scholarship at the Chair of Agricultural Policy (Prof. Dr. Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel), Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.

Research project

  • Implications of Trade Liberalization for Income and Poverty in Ghana: A Multi-Empirical Analysis with Tomato Farmers

    The case of trade liberalization in developing countries is an interesting and a highly distinctive one. The adoption of trade liberalization policy especially by developing countries was linked to the quest for effective domestic agricultural policies and need for efficient resource allocation towards poverty alleviation. After two decades of globalization however, trade liberalization seems to have practically exacerbated rather than alleviate poverty. Smallholder agricultural producers of developing countries seem to be the worst affected. This study seeks to examine the current state of agricultural trade (tomato import) liberalization in Ghana, the relation between trade liberalization, farm household income and poverty in the Ghanaian context, as well as the consequent household-level implications of trade liberalization for production, food security, and rural development in Ghana. The main aim is to provide a major policy document for examining the impact of agricultural trade and marketing policy, the type in Ghana, on poor households in Ghana as a whole and by inference, other developing countries with economies akin to Ghana’s and thereby help stimulate the production of these and other food crops domestically. Consequently an increase producer income, farm household food security and a reduction in poverty is expected.

Work Experience

  • 01/02-01/06: Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. (Lecturer)
  • 01/98-08/99: Faculty of Agriculture, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. (Teaching Assistant)

Other interests
Reading, Playing the Keyboard, Visiting Museums and Jogging