Master’s Thesis Proposal Defense - Ebenezer Offei Ansah - April 29

Date: April 29, 2015
Location: Natural Resources RM 130

Nature and Extent of Farmer Participation in Cocoa Certification in Ghana

Master’s Thesis Proposal Defense


Ebenezer Offei Ansah

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2 p.m.

130 Natural Resource Building

Cocoa production in Ghana despite its contribution to the national economy and world cocoa production has persistently been challenged with some complexly interrelated economic, environmental and social issues, which bring its sustainability to question. A recent intervention aiming at alleviating some of these issues is cocoa certification. An important issue that is yet to receive enough attention in the literature on cocoa certification concerns the nature and extent of farmer participation in these programs. With an aim of shedding some light on this issue, this study will investigate the reasons why farmers would become and remain certified growers, the challenges farmers face in cocoa certification, and the extent (if any) to which farmers are engaged in the decision making and management of the process of cocoa certification. In-depth interviews, focus group discussions and a survey will be used to collect data from certified and non-certified cocoa farmers in cocoa growing communities in Ghana. These data will be analysed using a variety of methods including thematic analysis, descriptive statistics, and multinomial logistic regression. The study expects to identify some characteristics of farmers that are associated with a farmer’s extent of participation; organizational, compliance and marketing issues that impede farmers in cocoa certification; and the level of farmers’ engagement in decision-making regarding such issues.

Committee Members

  • Dr. Michael Kaplowitz, Chairperson
  • Dr. John Kerr
  • Dr. Frank Lupi