Ghana Soybean Uptake & Network Survey Conducted in Ghana Villages
USAID Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Social Science Research Center (SSRC) Research Assistant Audrey Reid traveled to Ghana during June 15-July 7, 2016 to implement the Ghana Soybean Uptake & Network Survey (SUNS)-Wave I. They were assisted by their in-country partner, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), including Kris Ozar (Country Representative), Melissa Kreek (Head of Programming), Mawuli Asigbee (Program Manager-Agriculture), Philip Atiim (Agriculture Senior Program Officer), Ewurabena Yanyi-Akofur (MEAL Coordinator), Emmanuel Osei-Mensah (MEAL Specialist), and Ebenezer Balboe (IT Officer). They supervised survey implementation among four teams of 20 enumerators who collected 820 surveys during approximately four weeks of data collection.
Concurrent with the Ghana SUNS-Wave I enumeration, Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale, Audrey Reid, and Catholic Relief Service’s Emmanuel Osei-Mensah conducted two Information & Communication Technology for Agricultural Development (ICT4AgD) focus groups in Karaga District and Catholic Relief Service’s Philip Atiim conducted two ICT4AgD focus groups in Tolon District. These ICT4AgD focus groups were conducted separately among women soybean farmers (N=20) and men soybean farmers (N=15) to explore how men and women soybean farmers differ in terms of access to and use of cell phones for the vital farming information they need. One of the most striking results was that 14 of 15 male participants owned cell phones 93%) yet 11 of 20 female participants owned cell phones (55%).
Ghana Soybean Uptake & Network Survey Workshop Conducting in Yendi, Ghana.
The Ghana SUNS Enumerator Training Workshop I was conducted in Yendi, Ghana on June 20-22, 2016. USAID Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) personnel included SIL Co-PI Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and SSRC Research Assistant Audrey Reid. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) personnel CRS personnel included Mawuli Asigbee (Program Manager-Agriculture), Philip Atiim (Agriculture Senior Program Officer), Ewurabena Yanyi-Akofur (MEAL Coordinator), Emmanuel Osei-Mensah (MEAL Specialist), and Ebenezer Balboe (IT Officer).
The Ghana SUNS Enumerator Training Workshop II was conducted at CRS headquarters in Tamale, Ghana on June 27-28, 2016. SIL personnel included Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Audrey Reid, and CRS personnel included Philip Atiim, Emmanuel Osei-Mensah, and Ebenezer Balboe. During these workshops, we trained 20 enumerators in the Ghana SUNS-Wave I protocol, including protection of human subjects and how to correctly implement the Ghana SUNS-Wave I using iPads and large-format Google maps for 12 villages in Ghana's Northern Region.
Researchers Present WEAI+Results to USAID/Ghana Mission in Accra
Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale, Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi, and Audrey Reid gave an hour-long presentation, WEAI+ Final Results: Gender Equity in Soybean Production in Rural Ghana, at the American Embassy in Accra, Ghana on July 6, 2016.
The USAID/Ghana Mission's Office of Economic Growth personnel who attended the presentation included Jenna Tajchman-Trofim (Agriculture Development Officer), Samson Konlan (Food Security Specialist), Gloria Odoom (Project Management Specialist-Agriculture, and Susan Bonney (Program Coordinating Specialist). Also in attendance was Mahama Abdulai, Budget and Reporting Specialist with the USAID/Ghana Mission's Office of Program and Project Development.
Ragsdale, K., Read-Wahidi, M. R., Wei, T. (2016). WEAI+ Final Results: Gender Equity in Soybean Production in Rural Ghana. USAID Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1421.4005. The full report is available at here.