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AX - Access and eXclusion along the Charcoal Commodity Chain in Ghana

Photo: Kwame Appiah Owusu

The research project “Access and eXclusion along the Charcoal Commodity Chain in Ghana” (AX) examines how each set of actors along Ghana’s charcoal chain gain or maintain access to benefits.

Access, defined as “the ability to benefit from things,” is controlled and maintained via a broad repertoire of social and structural means – including rights (property), authority, coercion, stealth, or identity-based privilege.

Understanding these processes and means is a prerequisite for any prescription aiming at equitable natural resource benefit sharing.

IFRO Project Coordinator

Christian Pilegaard Hansen

Project participants

  • Boateng Kyereh, Senior Lecturer kyerehb@gmail.com
    Dept. of Silviculture and Forest Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Emmanuel Acheampong, University Senior Lecturer ekachie@yahoo.com
    Dept. of Silviculture and Forest Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Kojo Sebastian Amanor, Associate Professor kojoamanor@gmail.com
    Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
  • Opoku Pabi, Research Fellow oppabi@gmail.com
    Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana
  • Kwabena Samuel Nketiah, Programme Director ksnketiah@yahoo.com
    Tropenbos International – Ghana programme
  • Jesse Ribot, Professor jesse.ribot@gmail.com
    Dept. of Geography, University of Illinois
  • Anders Ræbild, Associate Professor are@ign.ku.dk
    Dept. of Geosciences and Natural Resources, University of Copenhagen
  • Henrik Meilby, Associate Professor heme@ifro.ku.dk
    Dept. of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
  • Christian Pilegaard Hansen, Associate Professor cph@ifro.ku.dk
    Dept. of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
  • Frank Aygei, PhD fellow frankkagyei@yahoo.com
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology 
  • Lawrence Brobbey, PhD fellow lawrencebrobbey@yahoo.co.uk
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology 
  • Tontie Kanton, PhD fellow tontie2004@yahoo.com
    University of Ghana 

Short description

Photo: Kwame Appiah Owusu

“Access and eXclusion along the Charcoal Commodity Chain in Ghana” (AX) examines how each set of actors along Ghana’s charcoal chain gain or maintain access to benefits. Access, defined as “the ability to benefit from things,” is controlled and maintained via a broad repertoire of social and structural means – including rights (property), authority, coercion, stealth, or identity-based privilege. Understanding these processes and means is a prerequisite for any prescription aiming at equitable natural resource benefit sharing. AX investigates access, and its converse, exclusion – how they are established, maintained and lost – in the case of the charcoal commodity chain in Ghana, from woodcutters to end users. It also analyzes the environmental sustainability of production as it is shaped by access relations. In Ghana, woodfuels provide for 64% of the primary energy consumption and some 450,000 people produce, transport and market charcoal as their primary occupation. AX strengthens research capacity through three embedded PhD studies, closely coordinated with senior staff from Ghana and DK. To link research, policy and practice, AX establishes two district-level charcoal platforms and a national stakeholder forum to share and discuss research findings and further their application. AX identifies how means of access and exclusion shape current distribution of benefits in this sector. It provides the basis for the design of equitable natural resource policy and practice. This project will hone access analysis as a means for guiding the design of natural resource benefit sharing arrangements.

Period

January 2015 – December 2019

Financing source

Danida

Amount

Total: DKK 8.9 million
IFRO share: DKK 3.4 million