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3ie-LIDC London seminar: The Impact of Finance on Welfare of smallholder farmers in Ghana

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:00
Lower Meeting Room, London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD, UK
Ralph Nordjo, Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa

Access to finance plays a significant role in improving household welfare through engagement in production related activities; however, access to finance remains a challenge to smallholder farmers, especially in Sub-Saharan African countries. This study estimates the effect of access to finance on smallholder farmer’s welfare in the Northern Region of Ghana. Using field survey data, we compared the average difference in welfare between farmers with access to finance and non-equivalent control groups. The authors control for selection bias to the net effect of finance on the welfare of smallholder farmers.

About the Speaker:

Ralph Essem Nordjo is a PhD Candidate in Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in Cape Town – South Africa. His research is focused on an evaluation of the Danish International Development Assistance’s (DANIDA) Agricultural Value Chain Facility (AVCF) project on Smallholder Farmers in the Northern Region of Ghana.