Wilson Center Experts
Benedict Yiyugsah is a Researcher with the Tamale office of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development. He initially joined the CDD-Ghana in 2008 as a Research and Program Intern and has since progressed to assume the position of a Researcher with the Center’s newly opened office in Northern Ghana, Tamale. Hitherto joining the CDD-Ghana in 2008, Mr. Yiyugsah worked with the opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) International in Ghana as a Community Development Officer on a joint Gold Fields Ghana Limited/ OIC International sponsored SEED Program upon successful completion of his Bachelor’s degree. Mr. Yiyugsah is a Public and Development Policy specialist by training as he holds twin Master of Arts degrees in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of York, UK and the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. By the same token, he holds a joint certificate in Community Development from the Trent University, Ontario – Canada and the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies from Ghana. Mr. Yiyugsah’s current areas of research interest include but not limited to the following: environmental variability and climate change mitigation and adaptation in Africa; states delivering for the poor, basic services & social protection strategies in Africa; the role of super markets and standards on the changing structure of the global agri-food system in Africa; agriculture commercialization and its impact on food security, poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods, land grabbing and agrarian change in Africa and the new geopolitics of food.