Stakeholder Perceptions of the Impact of Reforms on the Performance and Sustainability of the Cotton Sector in Ghana and Burkina Faso: A Tale of Two Countries

Boafo, Yaw A., Balde, Boubacar Siddighi, Saito, Osamu, Gasparatos, Alexandros, Damlam, Rodolfo, Ouedraogo, Nadia, Chamba, Emmanuel and Moussa, Zida P., (2018). Stakeholder Perceptions of the Impact of Reforms on the Performance and Sustainability of the Cotton Sector in Ghana and Burkina Faso: A Tale of Two Countries. Cogent Food & Agriculture, 2-61

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    Author Boafo, Yaw A.
    Balde, Boubacar Siddighi
    Saito, Osamu
    Gasparatos, Alexandros
    Damlam, Rodolfo
    Ouedraogo, Nadia
    Chamba, Emmanuel
    Moussa, Zida P.
    Title Stakeholder Perceptions of the Impact of Reforms on the Performance and Sustainability of the Cotton Sector in Ghana and Burkina Faso: A Tale of Two Countries
    Appearing in Cogent Food & Agriculture
    Publication Date 2018-05-18
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Cogent OA
    Start page 2
    End page 61
    Language eng
    Abstract This study investigates the outcomes that reforms had on the performance of the cotton sector in Ghana and Burkina Faso. These structural and policy reforms aimed at promoting competition and enhancing productivity, largely under pressure from external donor agencies. The study draws on in-depth semi-structured interviews with stakeholders involved in different aspects of cotton value chains in the two countries. In particular, it elicits the perception of the stakeholder of how reforms affected six domains (input credit systems, price determination and profit distribution, extension services, research and development, institutional and regulatory systems, and food security) related to the performance of the sector. This is complemented with the analysis of policy documents and annual cotton production pre- and post-reform. Results indicate that reforms in Ghana and Burkina Faso took different structural and policy directions, and subsequently, generated different outcomes to the six performance domains. Stakeholders in Ghana perceived predominantly negative outcomes, whereas Burkinabe stakeholders perceived both negative and positive outcomes. Regarding price determination for instance, Ghanaian respondents mentioned the lack of transparency in the seasonal price-setting system and decline in government revenue and farmer profit as direct outcomes of reform actions, while Burkinabe respondents cited guaranteed minimum price, high profit-sharing among farmers, and the favorable price incentives as some positive outcomes of the reforms. The empirical information outlined in this study can be used to identify positive and negative lessons relevant to stakeholders in the public and private sector to help sustain the cotton sector in different parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
    UNBIS Thesaurus FOOD SECURITY
    Keyword Domains
    Extension services
    Input credit
    Liberalization
    Sub-Saharan Africa
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI doi.org/10.1080/23311932.2018.1477541
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