Proposal Development

Can Personalized Digital Solutions Improve Smallholder Farmer Outcomes in Ghana?



Carlos Sakyi Nyarko

Loughborough University

Portia Akolgo

Doctoral Researcher in Development Economics at Loughborough University

Jamal Mohammed

Senior Lecturer at Koforidua Technical University

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Finding the right partners and places to ask questions is paramount to understanding the drivers of agricultural transformation. To facilitate opportunities for researchers and partners to develop trust and scope early-stage evaluation questions, DAISI funds small Proposal Development grants to support very preliminary, exploratory research activities, including researcher travel. This Proposal Development grant explores research themes related to gender-based barriers to the adoption of digital solutions and provision of information (market) and microfinance to farmers under the cross-cutting theme of gender.

With this proposal development grant, researchers have partnered with a digital-based application targeted to small-scale farmers with weather and market information, financial services, and access to inputs. Researchers plan to investigate the feasibility of a future randomized evaluation on the partner’s model and will additionally conduct a scoping study on digital and bundled services for small-scale farmers in Ghana.