George Boateng holds a Bachelor degree in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Rural Development and Management from the China Agricultural University (CAU), Beijing. He also holds a certificate in Climate Change from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). His career spans both public and private sectors. He currently is a Research Analyst for the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) involved in research in Food Security and Trade Welfare analysis in Africa. Prior to ACET, he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in the area of Agricultural Extension and Agroindustry and with the Barclays Bank of Ghana in the field of Business Development.

He is a Southern Voices Network Scholar at the Wilson Center.

Project Summary

The study intends to explore an appropriate policy framework that can increase the utilization of the AGOA in West Africa through integration. Regional integration in Africa is increasing but trade among African countries is low due to isolated economies and the thickness of borders. As a result, utilization of AGOA is also low. To address these, a deliberate policy approach which tends to harmonize trade in West Africa through reforms in the ECOWAS will translate to an increase in AGOA utilization. The study will inform scholarly views in ways to improve regional integration in Africa for maximizing AGOA utilization.

Major Publications

Maïga W.H, Abatania L.N, Boateng G. 2015. Productivity of Ghanaian Poultry Farms: Does Gender Matter? Submitted to the Journal for African Development - Under review

Mulangu F. and Boateng G. 2014. Policy brief on the Ghana rice sector. Under review

Promoting effective Human Security in Africa’s Development (2015). Available at: