Political Challenges to Developing Non-Traditional Exports in Ghana
The Case of Horticulture Exports
This paper focuses on what the Ghanaian governments actually did: what kind of support the state provided to the industry and why. In doing so, it focuses on the actions and interactions of the ruling political elite, state bureaucrats, industry actors and donor agencies. It also explores why ruling elites generally did not actively pursue initiatives to support the industry, but rather left it to donor projects. Given that none of the governments in power since the 1980s gave significant political support to developing horticulture export in general and the pineapple export industry in particular, the author has the difficult task of explaining a ‘non-event’.
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The annex includes: 1) Initiatives Affecting or Targeting the Pineapple Export Industry, 1987-2012, and 2) Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Compact with Ghana Executive Summary, 1 August 2006