Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives

Dr. Nana Afranaa Kwapong


Present Position

On parental leave, Fertilizer Policy Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) (until 02/2014)

Position within the Division

Until June 2012 Ph.D. Student and Junior Research Fellow in the Joint Research Project "Making Rural Services Work for the Poor"

Research Interest

  • Development Studies, Rural Development, Poverty Reduction, African Studies
  • Institutional Economics, Cooperative Studies, Policy Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Methods


Academic Career

09/2008 - 06/2012 Research fellow within the research project “Making Rural Services Work for the Poor – The Role of Rural Institutions and their Governance for Agriculture-Led Development“.
09/2008 - 12/2008 Visiting scholar at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Bloomington, Indiana University, USA (Prof. Dr. Elinor Ostrom).

Academic Background

2006 - 2008   M.Sc. Integrated Natural Resource Management, Humboldt University of Berlin
Thesis: Rural Services and Poverty Alleviation in Uganda
2002 - 2006   B.Sc. Agricultural Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Field Research and Work Experience

07/2007 – 09/2007    Project Researcher
EED Dialogue and Support Service-South Caucasus
Project: Farmers organizations in the development of Agriculture in the South Caucasus: Case of Armenia
07/2006 – 10/2006 Intern (IAESTE)
Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture
06/2005 – 09/2005 Farm Assistant (Intern)
Farmbee Ghana Ltd. (Asiakwah – Ghana)
06/2004 – 09/2004 Assistant Credit and Loans Officer (Intern)
Atwima Kwanmoma Rural Bank (Kumasi-Ghana)
06/2004 – 09/2004 Laboratory Assistant (Intern)
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi - Ghana)


  • “Rural Services and Poverty Alleviation in Uganda.” Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, October 08, 2008.


  • International Association of Agricultural Students (IAAS)
  • International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)
  • Ghana Association of Agricultural Students (GAAS)