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Global Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development

ISSN: 2408-5480 Vol. 3 (4), pp. 230-237, April, 2015. 

Full Length Research Paper 

Assessing Ghana’s initiative of increasing domestic rice production through the development of rice value chain 

Monica Addison1, Paul Sarfo-Mensah2, S. E. Edusah3 

Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), PMB UPO Kumasi Ghana

Corresponding Author. Email: monicaddo@yahoo.com, Tel: +233 244 539734 

Accepted 3 April, 2015

Abstract 

This paper sought to contribute to the on-going discussion on improving rice production in Ghana. The objective of the study was to analyse the effect of rice value chain development initiative on domestic rice production in the Ahafo Ano North district of Ghana. Primary data for the study gathered through focus group discussions and key informant interviews was complemented by desk studies. The main finding was that the rice value chain was not formalized in the district, although informal types existed. The study also showed that domestic rice producers had achieved regular annual increases due to informal rice value chains. Nevertheless, there was lack of competitiveness of domestic rice vis-à-vis imported rice due to the poor quality of milling. Therefore, the study recommended: (i) adopting sector-wide value chain strategies that would enhance development of formal rice value chain and competitiveness of local rice industry; and (ii) investing in post-harvest product-quality infrastructure to ensure product quality. 

Keywords: Ghana’s initiative for rice industry, domestic rice production, value chain development