Economic development and value chains

Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana

Project summary Creative and cultural industries (CCIs) are being lauded for their potential to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Supported by a range of UN Agencies, many African governments have bought ...

Increasing the Productivity of Ghanian Aquaculture

Project Summary Aquaculture continues to be an important sector in the Ghanaian economic development agenda. Increased aquaculture production is the government’s strategy to bridge the 500,000 tonne fish deficit currently met through imports (ov ...

Crowdfunding for Youth Entrepreneurship in Tanzania

Project summary The literature highlights some of the limitations of traditional debt financing as a response to the youth entrepreneurs’ financing needs. Funding becomes a matter of friends and family, and local dealers all represent a limited ... First year report Objectives: To promote the sustainability of youth–led businesses and startups through increased access to crowdfunding. It is expected that by the end of C4YET, youth entrepreneurs will be empowered with knowledge and skills ...

Grassroots Innovations for Inclusive Economic Growth

Project summary The project aims to investigate the governance practices, impacts and diffusion of grassroots innovations, which are developing financial and monetary infrastructures for inclusive economic growth (among low-income micro-entrepre ...

Safety and health and audit practices in Bangladesh

The fast industrial development from a low income to a middle-income country such as Bangladesh carries a risk for safety and health of the workers, which may also jeopardise the economic development. Occupational safety and health (OSH) is therefore ...

Environmental sustainability of hotels on Zanzibar

Tourism is one of world’s largest economic sectors, generating 9.8% of global GDP and 284 million jobs to the global economy in 2015. However, the sector has also been criticized for operating in an unsustainable manner, impacting natural resources a ... First-year report With the increased international and national attention to the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for future economy, environment, livelihoods and health, the implementation of the EnSuZa project is considered v ...

Agricultural Investors as Development Actors? (AIDA)

Like agricultural investors from other non-African countries, Danish farmers and institutional investors are increasingly attracted by the invitations extended by African governments to invest in agriculture as well as by the encouragement they recei ... Midterm report 2018: AIDA has established an overview of Danish agricultural investments in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the associated investors. Close to 100 investments, involving more than 150 Danish investors, have been identified. On this ...

REintegration through Active Labour Market reforms

Prioritizing an inclusive growth agenda, the Government of Myanmar is highlighting a well-functioning and sufficiently regulated labour market as a key element for success. It has therefore set in motion a myriad of labour market initiatives with the ...

The Regulation of International Supply Chains (RISC)

RISC will investigate the regulation of International Supply Chains in the Bangladesh (BD) Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry with respect to Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) and wider social sustainability. Whilst a multitude of regulatory ini ...

Sustainable Value-Chains: Aquaponics in Colombia

Aquaculture is a promising sector to support livelihoods in decades long conflict-stricken Caquetá, in the Amazonian bioregion of Southern Colombia. Currently, aquaculture takes place moderately with over 400 small-scale farmers. Conservation of wat ... First-year report Fish and plant species for aquaculture and hydroponics systems identified. Nitrogen and phosphorous excretion in relation to diet composition determined for pacu. Removal rates of aquaponics system determined. Surveys comple ...

Tendering Sustainable Energy Transitions (TENTRANS)

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a transition toward sustainability in the energy sector of emerging economies, including sustainable development of local communities and local industries. The project will analyse the develop ... First-year report The TENTRANS project aims at understanding the development impacts of RE tendering schemes, and at providing input to improved policies and inclusive implementation by private sector actors. After one year, researchers in al ...

Rural-Urban Transformation (RUT): Governance, Mobility, and Economic Dynamics, in Emerging Urban Centres for Poverty Reduction

Since 2000s there has been a growing concern in issues of urbanization and urban poverty. The focus has been on rapid urbanization from rural - urban migration and resulting urban poverty. This extension phase is necessary to inform policy as well a ... Mid-term report: Data collected from all four sites were discussed during a partnership meeting in Morogoro. Data files were shared and guided subsequent studies. Both institutional and non-institutional factors contribute into the timeframe ...

Socio-economic Benefits of Ecological Infrastructure

The overall objective is to develop an evidence-based integrated framework and prototype “investment case” for strengthening water-related Ecological Infrastructure (EI). The project will generate new knowledge by combining livelihoods and value cha ... First-year report: The project is on track (in terms of anticipated milestones and outputs) with some WP’s experiencing slight delays and others being ahead of schedule. The delays are primarily due to the challenges in filling one of the pos ...

New Partnerships for Sustainability (NEPSUS)

New and more complex partnerships are emerging to address the sustainability of natural resource use in developing countries. These partnerships variously link donors, governments, community-based organizations, NGOs, business, certification agencie ... Midterm report: Sustainability partnerships can be very important in view of balancing communities’ needs to access natural resources and the long-term availability of these resources for future generations and to ensure proper conservation. ...

Green & circular innovation for Kenyan companies (GECKO)

The Gecko project aims to provide scientific insights and an algorithm for designing and projecting high-circular eco-industrial parks in Kenya. The project investigates if and under what conditions developing countries such as Kenya may gain enviro ... First-year report The GECKO project (Green and Circular Innovation for Kenyan Companies) inquires into the conditions for and possible benefits of developing countries to leapfrog into the circular economy. Specifically, we investigate the pr ...

Upgrading pangas and tilapia value chains in Bangladesh

Growth in aquaculture is important because it can help alleviate poverty by providing food and creating jobs in Bangladesh. The purpose is to promote green growth in freshwater pangas/tilapia aquaculture by providing knowledge on how to improve wate ... Extra midterm report 2018: Objectives: The project has created multi-faceted knowledge of water quality, best farm management practice and value chain functioning in many dimensions, revealed by the different ref articles. More knowledge ...

Green Cohesive Agricultural Resource Management (WEBSOC)

The present project proposal wants to promote growth and employment through research on green, cohesive Water, Energy-from-Biomass, Soil, Organics, and Crop (WEBSOC) agricultural management strategies in Ghana, as present agricultural development de ... Midterm report 2016: Present agricultural development in Ghana is dependent on deforestation and show little or no increase in productivity per unit of cultivated land. Also activities in different sectors of the society are not well-integrat ...

Governing economic hubs and flows in Somali East Africa

This research and capacity-building project contributes to a better understanding of key economic and political processes that have shaped state formation in the Somali territories since 1991. The project wants to explain how the daily management of ... Midterm report 2016 GOVSEA consortium was reorganized and strengthened after the University of Nairobi and the Forum for Social Studies in Ethiopia joined us. They host 2 doctoral students as well as Ethiopian senior researchers. Danish resea ...

Enhancing Productivity, Market Access and Income of Small Farming Businesses in Tanzania: Potentials and Limitations in Contract Farming

The project portfolio for phase 2 consists of three separate sub-projects that all are nourished by research findings from phase 1. The three sub-projects are tied together by emerging or changing contractual systems, the overarching issue examined ... Midterm report 2016 As indicated in the project status above, during 2015 the main focus was on capacity building for PhD students, proposal development and conduct of field surveys for all three sub-projects. For Objective 1 and Output ...

Innovations and Markets for Lake Victoria Fisheries (IMLAF)

The proposed project titled “Innovations and Markets for Lake Victoria Fisheries” (IMLAF) will be carried out in the Lake Victoria basin of Tanzania. Its main objective is to catalyze socio-economic growth through expansion of markets for Nile perch ... Midterm report 2017: a)There is high level of income inequalities between processors and traders; imperfect competitive market, market is less efficient; existing business model is the advance financing through social capital; main processing ...

Organic Cotton for Employment, Growth and Environment?

We will assess the potential of organic cotton production to improve the livelihoods of millions of poor households in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). These households depend on production, trading, or processing of cotton but are at risk of losing their ... Midterm report 2017: We have collected experimental data on yields, environmental impacts and profitability of different cotton production methods and the results are analysed in several working papers in preparation for publication in scient ...

Valorizing Green Growth in Africa (VALOR)

Africa has untapped potential for creating monetary value from origin products in the same way ham from Parma and other highly valuable EU agricultural origin food products registered with ‘protected’ Geographical Indications (GIs) add 15 billion Eu ...
Project completion report:

5 articles published in international peer reviewed journals, 1 PhD thesis published, 1 PhD thesis in press, at least two further PhD theses submitted, in addition two international journal manuscr ...

Building Stronger Universities II – KNUST

Objective: The overall objective of the BSU II partnership between the KNUST and the Danish Universities Applicants is to support KNUST in creating an enabling environment for high quality and relevant research; and research-based education t ...

Successful African Firms and Institutional Change (SAFIC)

The project investigates how and why African firms are able to be successful in changing business and institutional environments. The project will identify strategies that lead to sustained firm performance and seek to explain these firms’ success b ... Project Completion Report: Knowledge: The project has enhanced the understanding of economic growth and employment through new knowledge on firm development in the African private sector in Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. The project has influenc ...

Productivity and Growth in Organic Value-chains (ProGrOV)

The growing organic sector is an example of private/market led development. The rationale for the project is that organic agriculture has the potential to improve yields and natural resource management and link farmers to high value markets for impr ... Project completion report:
ProGrOV has strengthened the research-based knowledge for supporting increased productivity and sustainable growth in organic production and value chains, and built capacity for future development of organic agric ...

Technological and Market Options for Managing Climate Change Induced Risks for Smallholder Farmers in Northern Ghana

This study aims to undertake an economic analysis of technological, institutional and policy strategies for managing the effects of climatic variability and market risks in smallholder maize-legume systems in the northern regions of Ghana. The overa ... Completion report: Climate change is likely to affect (and is already affecting) the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in many parts of Africa in a negative way. African smallholders are particularly vulnerable to adverse changes in agro-cli ...

Strengthening root and tuber value chain in Ghana


Root and tuber crops are second in importance to cereals as a global source of dietary calories (Babaleye, 2005). For Ghana, root and tuber crop consumption forms between 16 and 31% of per capita daily calorie consumption (GSS, 2005). The en ... Project completion report: The broad aim of the project was to contribute to national research capacity that will eventually lead to strengthening root and tuber (cassava, yam, cocoyam, and sweet potato) value chains in Ghana. It was aimed at ...

Growing Innovative Entrepreneurs through Action Research in the Agribusiness Value Chains in Tanzania

This project focuses on creation of  innovative and growth oriented entrepreneurs in the processing and distribution of dried fruits and vegetables to contribute to both, reduction of  post harvest losses and creation of more employment av ... Project completion report: Scientific output: we envisaged to publish a minimum of five scholarly article in various areas. These were the publications activity 2016:

1. Mongi, R.J., Ndabikunze, B.K., Wicklund, T., Chove, L.M., ...

Enhancing the performance and growth potential of street-food vending for accelerated socio-economic development in Ghana

The informal sector employs most people in many developing countries, with estimates in Ghana showing that 80-90% of the total population are employed in the sector. With rapid urbanization, informal activities like street-food vending are increasin ... Project Completion Report: The research objectives were in three folds bothering on the regulatory and institutional setup of the street foods sector, performance and economic viability and business related constraints and food quality and fo ...

Productivity, Market Access and Incomes for Small farming businesses through Contracts

One of the recent innovations and new approaches for addressing the problem of market access and inadequate farm income amongst smallholder commercial farmers in developing economies is the development of integrated systems of agricultural productio ... Completion report: Resuts for Objectives 1 and Output 2:

Sources of technical efficiency included proper usage of improved seed varieties; timely undertaking of farm activities (land preparation, planting, weeding, fertilizer a ...

Agricultural growth and poverty pockets (AGROPOP)

Several countries in Asia have experienced rapid growth and diversification of agricultural production due to combined demand from both the domestic and the global markets. The growth and diversification processes take place in agricultural growth r ... Project completion report: The Mekong River Delta is an example of industrialization via strategic coupling between global production networks and resource-rich regions. Especially the region’s rice and seafood industries have experienced rem ...

Minimizing the exclusionary effects of standards. What works?

Private agricultural sustainability standards have been found to have exclusionary effects on Southern women and smallholders. Standards may deny marginalized actors market access or offer access only under poor working conditions. Standards initiat ... Project Completion Report: The project set out to examine initiatives by sustainability standard-setters to ensure that developing country actors (particularly smallholders and women) are not excluded.

Research on the cut flowe ...

Economic exploitation and CO2-sequestration of a native West African tree – a short-cut out of rural poverty


The native tree species P. biglobosa is important both economically and for sustaining livelihoods for rural people in the Sahel. In particular, sale of this resource is important to women, due to the limited labour available to them. Sale o ... Completion Report: The main objective is to improve the livelihood in Burkina Faso through the use of P. biglobosa. The outcomes are: four scientific papers (IV: only results), a planting guide, and two implementation projects.

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Agribusiness entrepreneurship in Tanzania

Donor agencies and developing country governments have started to target agroindustry private sector development and agribusiness. Entrepreneurship, innovation, and change have become major imperatives for enhancing sector performance and stimulatin ... Completion report - Summary: Although entrepreneurship has started to receive much support, very few entrepreneurs manage to successfully grow their organizations. This project supported a PhD study to empirically investigate this problem by ...

Transforming smallholder livestock farms into profitable enterprises (Acronym: Livestock Enterprises).

Smallholder livestock is a potential driver of economic growth in Tanzania. This is recognized in the National Strategy for Livestock Development, the National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction and the Business Sector Support Program. Based ... Project Completion Report: Livestock is a resource for development in Tanzania, however, depending on transition from subsistence farming into more commercially orientated farms. This project has build research capacity in Tanzania in areas o ...

An asset based approach for assessing poverty dynamics, poverty traps, and poverty-environmental relations in Nepal

The project aims at contributing to the understanding of poverty dynamics in developing countries. The project focuses on developing an asset model that identifies types of poor with regard to their expected welfare status. The research is novel, as ... Project completion report: The project aimed to examine economic mobility among Nepalese households - in terms of their value added (or loss) of assets over a period of 10 years (2001-2011). The aim was to identify specific types of poor - th ...

Economic Governance and Development in Vietnam and Mozambique

This research programme is an inquiry into: (i) why two developing countries, Vietnam and Mozambique, have achieved exceptionally high and consistent annual rates of economic progress for more than 15 years, (ii) whether the benefits of growth were ... Project Completion Report: The Economic Governance and Development in Vietnam and Mozambique research program was an inquiry into (i) why two developing countries, Vietnam and Mozambique, have achieved exceptionally high and consistent annual ...

Elites, Production and Poverty. A comparative study

Elites, production and poverty (EPP) is a collaborative research program launched in 2008. It brings together research institutions and universities in Bangladesh, Denmark, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda and is funded by the Danish Consultat ... 2011: EPP has made considerable progress in terms of contributions to theoretical and empirical knowledge about the conditions in which elites support productive sector initiatives - the politics of production for short.. EPP has also be ...

Political process and social contest – A historical analysis of state-chief relations in Kpandai district, Northern Ghana

Recent decentralisation, the demarcation of a new district and the establishing of a district assembly in Kpandai, northern Ghana has given rise to a resurfacing of historically unresolved disputes concerning traditional citizenship and rights to ch ...

Inter-locked crises, competing value chains, and food security in Africa

The inter-locking of three crises (food, energy/climate change and financial crises) is affecting the configuration of food and biofuel value chains and access to food in Africa. The impact of high international food prices on product ...

Outsourcing for development

Traditionally the debate on outsourcing has focused on outsourcing to low cost locations seen from the perspective of OECD countries. Rarely has the mirror question been asked: What are the development effects of growing outsourcing to developing co ...

From Smallholder Subsistence Livestock to Small Enterprises: Preparatory Phase

This small project was granted to allow scientist from Tanzania (Sokoine University of Agriculture and Open University of Tanzania) and Denmark (University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences) to prepare a project application for a research capac ...