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Title: The impact of international actors on domestic agricultural policy : a comparison of cocoa and rice in Ghana
Author: Heirman, Jonas Leo
ISNI:       0000 0004 6495 8437
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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The global financial and food crisis of 2007 and 2008 was followed by a surge in foreign interest and investment in African agriculture. Renewed global interest in African agriculture was also accompanied by an increase in international efforts to influence domestic agricultural policies, including in Ghana. In the context of an increasingly globalised food regime and integrated commodity markets, this thesis answers the question: to what extent do international actors impact domestic agricultural policies in Ghana? Policy 'impact' is understood as the marked influence that international actors have on policy goals and the resources, institutions, and knowledge used for achieving them. This thesis compares case studies of cocoa and rice policy over two different periods in Ghana's recent history (1983-1995 and 2003-2012) to understand how international actors use their power and resources to impact agricultural policies. The comparison of cocoa and rice policy is used to address two gaps in existing literature by examining how the impact of international actors relates to: 1) the political economy for a specific crop; and 2) the interaction between actors at international, national and local levels. Findings from the comparative analysis are then used to test existing theories for how international actors influence government policy in Africa more generally. In particular, findings provide new insights into how the impact of international actors on African agricultural policies is strongly associated with the effect of policy decisions on the longer-term political economy for a particular crop.
Supervisor: Mustapha, Abdul Raufu Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Development economics ; Cacao growers--Ghana--Economic conditions ; Rice--Ghana ; Agriculture and state--Ghana ; Investments ; Foreign--Ghana ; Ghana--Economic conditions--1979- ; Ghana--Economic policy