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Ghana - Market Assessment in Fentantaa, Egyeikrom and Ampain Refugee Camps, January 2014

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.