The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has organized a 3-day capacity building workshop for postgraduate students pursuing programmes within the social science disciplines and Agriculture in the country.
It was on: Methods for research in agricultural markets and run from 15th to 17th January, 2018 at the Balme Library, University of Ghana.
Dr. Nicholas Minot of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Prof. Jarkko Niemi - Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) facilitated the programme.
On the first day participants were taken through: Data and methods in agricultural marketing research, value chain analysis, gender analysis. It focussed on agricultural value chain analysis and multimarket models. In addition to outlining the main concepts, tools, and data sources for value chain analysis, the course used Excel-based models to simulate the impact of policy and weather-related shocks on four inter-related agricultural markets.
The second topic was on Using Stata to analyze household survey data. It covered survey design and data analysis. The Survey design included questionnaire design and random sampling. For the data analysis component, participants were introduced to Stata, including exercises using data from an IFPRI survey carried out in 2016.
Price analysis and impact evaluation was treated on the last day. It provided an overview of the impact evaluation methods. This explained the methods behind randomized control trials, along with their advantages and disadvantages and also covered natural experiments and quasi-experimental methods, including the assumptions behind them.
In all 32 participated from various tertiary institutions including the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Education, Winneba and Central University Business School.
At a short closing ceremony, Dr Simon Bawakyillenuo thanked the participants for making time to attend the programme. He expressed the hope that there could be another opportunity for such a meeting which would take a different form.