Marketing of farmers’ foodstuff: a case study of the Asutifi District in the Brong-Ahafo Region

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Despite the fact Ghana can be identified as an agricultural country, it has not been able to produce enough food for her people. This situation is manifested in the importation of food and also food aid she receives from donor countries. This state of affair resulted from the little attention which is usually given to the restraint imposed by simple techniques in production and over reliance on peasant farmers. The research identifies numerous constraints on farmers in the marketing of their produce. These include lack of market information, access to credit, risk and uncertainty, and moral suation. Other problems identified in the research is the issue of high cost in collection of small product quantities, huge transaction cost, missing markets and insufficient number of traders acting as middlemen. All these work to the disadvantage of the poor farmer. The writer argues in this study that production of food crops could go up sharply only if there were prospects of assured markets and distribution. Thus all talk of increasing food crop production would not yield any good results unless the problem of marketing and distribution has been satisfactorily considered. Attempt is therefore made to identify, analyse and suggest solutions to these pressing problems faced by farmers in marketing their foodstuffs.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for Master of Arts,