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Agriculture for Sustainable Development: A SWOT-AHP Assessment of Ghana’s Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative

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Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University for Development Studies, P.O. Box TL, Tamale 1350, Ghana
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Department of Nuclear and Renewable Energy, Ural Federal University Named after the First President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin, 62002, 19 Mira street, 620002 Ekaterinburg, Russia
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Department of Food Science, University of Otago, 9054 Dunedin, New Zealand
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Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 628; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020628
Received: 20 December 2020 / Revised: 3 January 2021 / Accepted: 6 January 2021 / Published: 11 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Development Goals through Corporate Social Responsibility)
The exponential increase in the population of Ghana and the need to meet the population’s food security needs while creating job opportunities have necessitated the implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative by the Government of Ghana (GoG). Using the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analytical tool, we SWOT of the PFJ initiative. We further complemented the study with the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) tool to rank the various criteria (factors) identified under the SWOT analysis. The study identified favorable environmental conditions as the highest strength, which recorded 59.3%, followed by agricultural lands availability (21.8%). Inadequate of financial services was identified as the highest weakness (55.8%), followed by over-reliance on climatic conditions (25.9%). High export potential relative to agricultural products in the country was identified as the highest opportunity, which recorded a weight of 50.3%. The One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative came up as the second highest opportunity. Negative ramification of climate change was identified as the main threat to Ghana’s agricultural sector (57.9%), followed by the importation of basic food products (25%). View Full-Text
Keywords: SWOT-AHP analysis; Ghana; agricultural sector; planting for food and jobs; sustainable development SWOT-AHP analysis; Ghana; agricultural sector; planting for food and jobs; sustainable development
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Ali, E.B.; Agyekum, E.B.; Adadi, P. Agriculture for Sustainable Development: A SWOT-AHP Assessment of Ghana’s Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative. Sustainability 2021, 13, 628. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020628

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Ali EB, Agyekum EB, Adadi P. Agriculture for Sustainable Development: A SWOT-AHP Assessment of Ghana’s Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative. Sustainability. 2021; 13(2):628. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020628

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Ali, Ernest Baba, Ephraim Bonah Agyekum, and Parise Adadi. 2021. "Agriculture for Sustainable Development: A SWOT-AHP Assessment of Ghana’s Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative" Sustainability 13, no. 2: 628. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020628

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