Ghana’s agricultural sector is still operating with rudimentary tools and undeveloped backward and forward linkages, such that the push-pull mechanism that should cause the productive sub-sector to grow is not having the expected positive effects. Agro-industry and the inputs delivery system which are to provide the forward and backward linkages do not possess the requisite manpower, knowledge and competencies to develop these important sub-sectors to support production. At the same time, the production sub-sector also lacks the manpower, requisite knowledge and skills to increase and sustain agricultural output to feed people and industries. It is against this background that the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension of the School of Agriculture, University of Cape Coast, Ghana is proposing a new programme in agribusiness aimed at producing personnel who will be able to integrate multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to meet the human resource needs and challenges of low-input low-output agriculture, for agribusiness development and increased productivity.
The goal of the B.Sc. Agribusiness programme is to produce graduates with desirable agri-business management knowledge and skills needed for establishing and managing profitable agri-businesses.
Specifically, the programme will:
- equip students with adequate competencies needed to manage agricultural input delivery and agro-processing firms.
- equip students with skills needed to take up careers in agro-industries, government departments and commercial organizations.
- provide students with the relevant knowledge and skills in problem oriented research for agribusiness development in Ghana
In the first and second year of study, students will be introduced to agricultural sciences, applied economics and quantitative courses. In the third and fourth year of study, students understanding in agricultural related sciences will be broadened with emphasis on essential agribusiness courses. An individual or group based Six-month Supervised Agribusiness Projects (SAPs) would be undertaken by students in Level 400 for them to apply their knowledge and skills in real life situations. The detail structure of the B.Sc. Agribusiness programme is presented in subsequent.