Evans Appiah Kissi

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Management in the International Food Industry (University of Kassel)

PhD Project Title:

Assessment of Decent Work Initiatives along the Agricultural Value Chain in Ghana: Comparing and Improving Effects for Economic and Social Upgrading

Abstract of PhD Thesis

The concept of decent work in global production networks (or global value chains) has received huge attention recently in scholarly articles. Regardless of the attention received, there are ample of issues to be resolved. While most studies have dealt with the impact of decent work initiatives on economic upgrading, the impact on social upgrading has received little attention.

This thesis aims at looking at decent work initiatives implemented in two commodity chains (cocoa and most probably palm oil) in Ghana. We will analyse and compare the effects of these initiatives particularly in the perspective of how they contribute to both economic upgrading and social upgrading.

To address the research gap, the study will adapt a systematic framework developed by Barrientos and others in 2011 for examining the linkages between the economic upgrading of firms and social upgrading of workers. We will employ both secondary research and primary research methods for our data collection. Empirically, we will employ both qualitative and quantitative methods to answer the research questions.

Area of Interest

Global Agricultural Productions Network (Global Agricultural Value Chains), Decent Work in Agriculture, Labour in Agriculture, Economic Upgrading & Social Upgrading.

Educational Background


Master in Sustainable International Agriculture, (Specialisation in International Agribusiness and Rural Development Economics), University of Göttingen and University of Kassel, Germany


Bachelor in Agricultural Science, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Professional Experience


Agricultural Science Teacher, Holy Child School, Cape Coast, Ghana.


Teaching and Research Assistant, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.


Junior High School Teacher in Providence Academy (Formerly of Evergreen Academy), Tettegu-Accra, Ghana.

Social / Political Activities

  • Advisor, project and sponsorship committee, Ghana Association of Agricultural students, University of Cape-Coast Branch 2011/2012
  •  Project coordinator, Ghana Association of agricultural students, University of Cape-Coast Branch 2009/2010
  •  Chairman, project and sponsorship committee, Ghana Association of Agricultural Students, University of Cape Coast Branch 2009/2010
  •  Member of the National Executive Committee of Ghana Association of Agricultural Students, 2009/2010



Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD) Scholar


  • Mensah, A. K., Mahiri, I. O., Owusu, O., Mireku, O. D., Wireko, I., & Kissi, E. A. (2015). Environmental Impacts of Mining: A Study of Mining Communities in Ghana. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 3, (3), 81-94. (LINK)

  • Mensah, A. K., Kissi, E. A., Krah, K., & Mireku, O. D. (2015). The extent of groundwater use for domestic and irrigation activities in Thiririka sub-catchment, Gatundu South District, Kiambu County, Kenya. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 7(6), 519-530. (LINK)

  • Sakyi-Dawson, O., Effah, D., Kalms, J-M., Jannot, C., Akuamoah-Boateng, S., Manu, S.A., Kissi, E. A. (2013). MV Palm research report 2012 (Ghana). Montpellier: CIRAD, 46 p. (LINK