Isaac Bonuedi

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Growth, inequality and poverty
  • Global development and trade
  • Macroeconomic Issues
  • Health
Research countries
  • Ghana
  • Sierra Leone
Professional experience

- Assistant Lecturer (KNUST, Ghana)

- Project Research Assistant (to Dr. Daniel Sakyi on "Trade Facilitation, Trade and Economic Performance in Africa"; funded by The Volkswagen Foundation).

- Graduate Teaching Assistant (KNUST, Ghana)

- Teaching Assistant (KNUST, Ghana)


Msc. Economics (SDU, Denmark), MPhil. Economics (KNUST, Ghana), BA. Economics (KNUST, Ghana)

Thesis title

The role of nutrition-sensitive interventions and market access in enhancing household food security and resilience in Sierra Leone

Thesis abstract

Production of cocoa, coffee, cashew and other export-oriented cash crops is central to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and prosperity of developing countries. While producing mainly for the nourishment of consumers in high-and-middle income countries, smallholder cocoa, coffee, cashew farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa do not earn enough income or produce sufficient food to feed themselves and their families all year round. Malnutrition is highly prevalent in growing localities; mainly due to the intake of monotonous, unhealthy diets that are deficient in vital micronutrients. With yields remaining persistently low partly due to poor nutrition of farmers, a global crisis looms in these sectors as world demand consistently outpaces global supply. Although it is widely acknowledged that these trends can be reversed by tackling malnutrition and food insecurity, there is limited strong empirical evidence on which interventions are most effective in making agriculture work for improved nutrition. It is against this premise we seek to offer a programme-based empirical evidence on the impact of a multi-faceted agricultural project on the food security and nutritional outcomes of smallholder cocoa, coffee and cashew farmers in Sierra Leone.

The project, Pro-Resilience Action (PRO-ACT-2015), is on-going and comprises of income-generating and nutrition-sensitive interventions tailored at fostering smallholder agriculture and improving food and nutrition security among vulnerable cocoa, coffee and cashew farmers in Sierra Leone. Within the framework of quasi-experimental analysis, we seek to address three key research questions: 1) Are there synergies between income-oriented cash crop and nutrition-focused interventions in improving food security and dietary outcomes of households and individuals? 2) Does access to rural financial services mitigate seasonal hunger and what are the implications for nutrition-sensitive programming? 3) How important are farm and non-farm diversification in enhancing the resilience of smallholder farmers against shocks and food insecurity?


Doctoral research funded by

BMZ via DAAD, Welthungerhilfe (WHH) & Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI)

Cooperation partners

Welthungerhilfe (WHH) & Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI)

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Nicolas Gerber

Dr. Lukas Kornher


Bonuedi, I., Kamasa, K., & and Opoku, EEO..  2020.  Enabling trade across borders and food security in Africa.  Food Security, : 1-20   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Bonuedi, I., Kornher, L., & Gerber, N..  2020.  Making cash crop value chains nutrition-sensitive: evidence from a quasi-experiment in rural Sierra Leone.  ZEF – Discussion Papers on Development Policy , No. 293   : 56   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Bonuedi, I., Kamasa, K., & Boateng, E..  2019.  The growth effects of bulging economically active population in Sub-Saharan Africa: Do institutions matter?.  African Development Review, 31(1)   : 71-86   . Further Information


Sakyi, D., Bonuedi, I., and Opoku E.E.O..  2018.  Trade facilitation and social welfare in Africa.  Journal of African Trade, 5(1-2)   : 35-53   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Sakyi D., J. Villaverde, A. Maza, I. Bonuedi.  2017.  The Effects of Trade and Trade Facilitation on Economic Growth in Africa.  African Development Review, 29 (2)   : 350-361   . Further Information

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Isaac Bonuedi

Junior Researcher

Department :
ZEF B: Department of Economic and Technological Change

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