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The Role of Cooperative Organizations in Rural Community Development in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges, Hussain, Muhammad Shehu , Academic Research International , 05/2014, Volume 5, Issue 3, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, NIGERIA., (2014) , (Academic Publication)
An Analysis of Yield Gap and Some Factors of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) Yields in Ghana, F., Aneani, and K Ofori-Frimpong , Sustainable Agriculture Research, 09/2013, Volume 2, Issue 4, (2013) , (Academic Publication)
The roles of farmer participatory and on-farm selection in cocoa improvement with special reference to Ghana, Lockwood, G. , International Workshop on Cocoa Breeding for Farmers’ Needs, 2009///, (2009) , (Academic Publication)
The organisation of farmers as an emancipatory factor: the setting up of a supply chain of cocoa in São Tomé, Dulcire, M. , The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 2012, Volume 7, Issue 2, p.131 - 141, (2012) , (Academic Publication)

Impacts of group-based microfinance in agriculture: Evidence from Ghana's Cocoa Abrabopa Association

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TitleImpacts of group-based microfinance in agriculture: Evidence from Ghana's Cocoa Abrabopa Association
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsOpoko, E., Dzene R., Caria S., Teal F., and Zeitlin A.
Date Published2009
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsaccess to services & inputs, credit, farmers & production, fertilizers, Ghana, input package, West Africa

The rate of return on agricultural innovation in Africa, how it can be identified, and the constraints that limit investment are clearly all questions of central interest for policies towards agriculture in that continent. It has been argued, using data from the rural sector in Africa, that the returns to investing in new technologies is high. In this paper the authors assess the impact of a programme run by the Cocoa Abrabopa Association (CAA, a subsidiary of Wienco Ghana Limited). CAA provides a package of inputs – fertilizer, insecticide, and fungicide – to groups of farmers on a seasonal credit basis. The authors adopt an experimental design to measure the return to participation in this programme.


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