This research is based on a grant from the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) of Ghana through ISSER. I am grateful to my colleagues Robert Osei, Isaac Osei-Akoto and Dorcas Opai-Tetteh for providing the data and Oliver Morrissey for valuable comments. All remaining errors are my own. The views, interpretations, recommendations, and conclusions expressed in the paper are those of the author and not necessarily those of ISSER and MiDA.
NONFARM EMPLOYMENT AND INCOMES IN RURAL GHANA†
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 325–339, April 2013
How to Cite
Ackah, C. (2013), NONFARM EMPLOYMENT AND INCOMES IN RURAL GHANA. J. Int. Dev., 25: 325–339. doi: 10.1002/jid.1846
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 21 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Received: 23 NOV 2010
- rural nonfarm;
This paper analyses the determinants of participation in nonfarm activities and the impact of nonfarm employment on household income. A clear empirical regularity is that women are significantly less likely than men to be in wage employment and more likely than men to be in self-employment activities. We find also that households whose heads have completed secondary education or higher gravitate more toward wage employment. Nonfarm employment appears to be crucial for the alleviation from rural poverty in Ghana. With limited opportunities in agriculture, nonfarm employment is necessary to augment or supplement farm incomes. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.