Impact Evaluation of Out-grower Schemes in Ghana

  • The overall objective of the impact evaluation is to measure and evaluate the investment of the Agricultural Trade and Investment Fund (AATIF) in two of WIENCO’s out-grower schemes in Ghana. In particular, two out-grower arrangements, the Cocoa Abrabopa Association for cocoa farmers and the Masara N’Arziki for maize farmers, are under investigation.
    CEval, 2016-2021


    Hannes Greve

    Former GIGA Team member

    Stefan Silvestrini

    Susanne Johanna Väth

    Research Questions

    The main interest lies in identifying the causal link between participating in WIENCO’s out-grower arrangements and the following outcomes and their development over time: Productivity Levels, employment opportunities, farm and overall household income, living and working conditions, risk exposure regarding total household income; and farm-households’ risk coping strategies and mechanisms.

    Contribution to International Research

    The project will provide evidence on the extent to which contract farming schemes can help improve rural livelihoods of smallholder farmers and their families and communities.

    Research Design and Methods

    The 5-year evaluation will be conducted by a consortium of the Center for Evaluation (CEval) and the GIGA, together with Ghanaian partners. A mixed-method approach will be embedded in a profound contextual analysis. The evaluation will combine a quantitative analysis of household and village surveys with qualitative insight into WIENCO's impacts derived from focus group discussions (FGDs) and expert interviews. The reports will provide the counterpart with robust evaluation results while also presenting practical recommendations to improve WIENCO's activities.

    Preliminary Findings

    Baseline data have been collected in 2016 and 2017 and the corresponding two reports have been submitted to the Common Fund for Commodities. Together with AATIF, the Fund will decide on whether the reports will be published.

    Dataset | 2016

    Cocoa Baseline Survey for Comprehensive Impact Evaluation of WIENCO Ghana Ltd. Out-Grower Scheme

    This data collection is part of an impact evaluation to measure and evaluate the effect of participation in contract farming on the agricultural production of small-scale farmers, their household income, living and working conditions...

    Dr. Simone Gobien

    Sarah Wiegel

    Stefan Silvestrini

    Susanne Johanna Väth


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