Mr. Francis Abebrese is an economist by profession and is currently an Economic and Research Analyst at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET). He currently serves as the Research Coordinator for ACET’s flagship program—the African Transformation Report—which focuses on transforming Africa’s Agriculture. He trained as a Development Economist with a research background in trade, agriculture, welfare analysis, health, public financial management, industrial policy, and the environment. Before joining ACET, he worked with Golden Star Resources Limited, a gold mining company in the Western Region of Ghana to develop and implement alternative livelihood programs in the mine’s catchment areas. He has also worked on a number of research projects, including the Export Supply Response Capacity Constraints Study in Ghana commissioned by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Mr. Abebrese has postgraduate qualifications in economic research with a Masters of Philosophy in Economics from University of Ghana. He is also is a graduate of United Nation’s Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Virtual Institute’s Trade and Poverty Program. In addition, he holds a Certificate in New Theories of Structural Economics in Africa from the National School of Development at Perking University and a Certificate in Environmental Policy and Climate Change from the Center for Economic and Environmental Policy in Africa at the University of Pretoria.

Project Summary

Transforming African agriculture to attain food security, and thus for sustainable development to take root, must begin with raising farm productivity. Unfortunately, at present, Africa’s agricultural productivity is extremely low. This is the case partly because African countries have fallen short to meet the CAADP requirements of allocating 10% of budget to agriculture, and in many countries, like Ghana, that figure is declining. The purpose of this study is to identify ways Ghana can improve its resource mobilization strategy to increase agricultural productivity and identify the role donors such as the USA can play to help ease up the process. Also, it is highly important to address in this study how the US government, going forward, will structure its aid to several other African countries that are likely to join Ghana in the near future as lower middle income countries. They will likely face similar challenges as Ghana.