About GSSP

The Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP) is a research, communication, and capacity-strengthening Program to build the capabilities of researchers, administrators, policymakers, and members of civil society in Ghana to develop and implement agricultural and rural development strategies. With core funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Ghana and a mandate to develop a multi-donor-funded Program, IFPRI launched GSSP as a partnership between Ghana and its development partners.

The program focuses on answering the “how to” question of agricultural transformation.  To do this, the program’s research will look for the appropriate policies and state interventions – including intervention design — necessary to achieve the targets laid out in the Government of Ghana’s sector strategy.  It will focus on the most efficient ways to achieve the envisioned transformation of the sector, given identified constraints and opportunities.  It will also support the government in thinking through the social and political impacts of structural economic transformation.  The Program will also contribute to the U.S. President’s Global Food Security Response by providing new knowledge on the constraints and opportunities to increasing agricultural productivity in the Ghana and to increasing regional trade in food staples produced in the country.

For each of its sub-sectoral research objectives, the program focuses on:

  1. identifying constraints to transformation that can be addressed through   policy and strategy-making;
  2. identifying opportunities for change,
  3. analyzing costs and benefits of development opportunities, and
  4. improving the quality of sectoral governance, i.e. focusing on how to bring about greater efficiency and integration in the planning and execution of agricultural sector policies and programs within MOFA.

GSSP research is organized under four thematic areas and each of the program’s activities are listed below with links to more detailed information:

Theme 1: Sources of Agricultural Growth

  1. Food Crop Value Chain Development
  2. Agricultural Labor, Health, and Nutrition
  3. Input/Fertilizer Subsidies
  4.  Trends and Performance of Recent Investments
  5.  Livestock Development
  6.  Technology Adoption
  7.  Irrigation Development
  8.  Mechanization
  9.  Seed Industry Development
  10.  Cocoa Development

Theme 2: Economic, Regional, and Sectoral Linkages

  1. Food Security and North-South Linkages
  2. West African Trade
  3. Spatial Story of Development
  4. Other Governance Issues

Theme 3: Institutions, Markets, and Governance

  1. Market Information
  2. Farmer Based Organizations
  3. Decentralization and Rural Services Delivery
  4. Land Tenure

Theme 4: Capacity Building

  1. Accountability in Research Systems
  2. Strengthening Capacity at MoFA
  3. Improved Agricultural Household Data Collection
  4. Supporting a Center for Policy Analysis and Support to National SAKSS Node

For more information, you may visit our website or download our program brochure (PDF 361K).

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