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Enoch Owusu-Sekyere published an article in January 2018.
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Article 1 Read 0 Citations The impact of the homestead food garden programme on food security in South Africa Published: 20 January 2018
Food Security, doi: 10.1007/s12571-017-0756-1
The South African government has implemented homestead food garden (HFG) programmes directed at enhancing food production in order to reduce food insecurity, malnutrition, poverty and hunger. The present paper evaluated the impact of this programme on household food insecurity using surveys of 500 households. Endogenous switching regression, propensity score matching and household food insecurity average scores were employed in our analysis. Our findings demonstrated that participation in an HFG programme could significantly enhance the food security status of participants by increasing household food supply and consumption as well as by income derived from selling any excess production from the garden. Specifically, our empirical findings showed that participation in the HFG programme significantly reduced food insecurity among rural households by as much as 41.5%. Therefore, we recommend that policy makers should encourage more rural households to participate in the programme in order to reduce their food insecurity. Facilitating easy access to credit, extension services, fertilizer, irrigation facilities and land are policy options needed to promote farmers participation in HFG programmes. Furthermore, the formation of farmer-based organizations and the building of positive perceptions about HFGs are some of the key policy options that can be employed to improve households’ participation in the programme. Promotion of education, participating in off-farm activities, access to market, irrigation, extension and credit, and adoption of fertiliser are some policy interventions that can reduce food insecurity among rural house holds whether or not they participate in the HFG programme.
Article 1 Read 0 Citations Assessing participation in homestead food garden programmes, land ownership and their impact on productivity and net ret... Published: 02 January 2018
Agrekon, doi: 10.1080/03031853.2018.1437051
This paper examines the determinants of participation in homestead food garden programmes and its impact on productivity and net returns of smallholder maize producers in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The paper further establishes the nexus between land ownership and outputs from homestead food garden programmes. The data was obtained from 500 maize-producing households. The findings demonstrate that participation in homestead food garden programmes could significantly enhance the welfare of rural households by increasing their yield and net returns. Participation in the programme increased maize yield and net returns by 43.37 per cent and 22.01 per cent respectively. Cultivating more than one hectare of farmland enhanced the outcome of participation in a homestead food garden programme more relative to cultivating less than one hectare. Homestead food garden programmes should be run in conjunction with land ownership. Our findings demonstrate the need for policymakers and evaluators of agricultural interventions to consider farmers’ decisions to participate, programme outcomes and land ownership in their assessments in order to avoid biased judgement. The willingness of people to participate in farming should be paramount to the homestead food garden programme and land ownership policy, otherwise the redistribution of farmland to people who are not willing to farm will be meaningless.
Article 1 Read 1 Citation Evaluation of water footprint and economic water productivities of dairy products of South Africa Published: 01 December 2017
Ecological Indicators, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.07.041
Article 2 Reads 0 Citations Consumer perceptions and willingness to pay for cassava-wheat composite bread in Ghana: a hedonic pricing approach Published: 21 August 2017
Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, doi: 10.1108/JADEE-11-2014-0044
PurposeThis paper evaluates consumer willingness to pay for composite-flour bread produced with a blend of 15%-40% cassava flour blended with wheat flour in GhanaDesign/methodology/approachThe analysis is based on interviews with 350 consumers in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions of Ghana to assess their awareness, perceptions and willingness to pay for cassava-wheat composite bread. From these consumer interviews, a hedonic regression model was applied to evaluate consumer willingness to pay for various attributes of composite flour bread. Price-related and health-related perceptions of consumers on cassava-wheat composite bread were investigated with perception indices. Multi-attribute preference based contingent ratings that rate product attributes in order of importance to consumers was employed. The implicit prices of the product attributes representing the contribution of the product attributes to the WTP amount were also computed.FindingsThe paper finds that consumers who are aware of cassava-blended flour bread and who like its taste and texture are willing to pay more than consumers who are unaware. This leads to a policy recommendation advocating increased advertising of the economic and nutritional benefits of cassava-wheat blended composite-flour bread.Research limitations/implicationsFuture studies should explore the choice experiments to examine preferences for the food product.Originality/valueThis paper evaluates consumer willingness to pay for composite-flour bread produced with a blend of 15%-40% cassava flour blended with wheat flour. Given widespread reliance on imported wheat flour and the simultaneously large volumes of locally available cassava, it is important to consider opportunities for import substitution (and possible cost reduction for consumers) of blended flour products such as cassava-wheat composite flours. Nigeria has imposed a 10% blending requirement for this reason. Ghana has conducted important work recently in the development of high-quality cassava flour, and so research on its potential and actual uptake is welcome and highly relevant to food security and agribusiness development.
Article 1 Read 1 Citation Economic Water Productivities Along the Dairy Value Chain in South Africa: Implications for Sustainable and Economically... Published: 01 April 2017
Ecological Economics, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.12.020
The global water scarcity situation is a major issue of concern to sustainable development and requires detailed assessment of water footprints and water productivities in all sectors of the economy. This paper has analysed economic water productivities along the dairy value chain in South Africa. The findings reveal that the value added to milk and water as it moves along the value chain varies from stage to stage; with the highest value being attained at the processing level, followed by the retail and farm gate levels, respectively. Milk production in South Africa is economically efficient in terms of water use. Feed production accounts for about 98.02% of the total water footprint of milk with 3.3% protein and 4% fat. Feed production is economically efficient in terms of cost and water use. Value addition to milk and economic productivity of water are influenced by packaging design. Not all economically water productive feed products are significant contributors to milk yield. Future ecological footprint assessments should take into account the value added to output products and economic water productivities along the products' value chain, rather than relying only on water footprint estimates.
Article 1 Read 0 Citations ASSESSING THE FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF THE FLORICULTURAL INDUSTRY IN GHANA Published: 01 January 2017
Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, doi: 10.19041/apstract/2017/1-2/15