The Ghana Country Office initiated this market assessment to examine the feasibility of food assistance programming that is based on cash, voucher or in-kind transfers in Ampain, Egyeikrom and Fetentaa and to provide WFP with essential information for decision-making in the context of deploying a combination of the above transfer modalities. More specifically, the objectives of the study were to:
- Examine the links between markets, household food security and livelihoods;
- Conduct competition analysis (e.g. hoarding and monopolies);
- Evaluate food traders’ capacity to respond to increased household purchasing power (e.g. storage facilities, duration of stocks and stock replenishment lead-time);
- Assess traders’ access to credit: channels and costs;
- Analyze food-insecure and vulnerable households’ effective demand (including physical access to markets, access to credit, purchasing power); and
- Evaluate macro risks e.g. inflation, supply shortage, financial institution failures, security problems or corruption.