For “Throw Back Thursday” I am reminded of the first time I visited Ghana, four years ago today. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) invited me to participate in the inaugural Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP) student scholarship program. (Actually, they invited my colleague Alex Winter-Nelson, but he couldn’t make it, so I went instead!) The GSSP scholarship program provided over 18 masters-degree students with the funding and guidance necessary for them to do original field work for their theses. 48 students submitted proposals. Each person gave a 15 minute presentation on their proposal. My role was to be one of several professors who evaluated the proposals.

The scholarships required the students to deposit the data they collected into a public repository. The first 18 scholarship recipients submitted their data to the Harvard Dataverse. You can see the results of this first round of scholarships here.

Here are a few of the projects I evaluated:

It was an awesome experience. I’ve been back a couple of times since, and I’ve gained access to some unique data. My work there has lead to the following published paper and a couple more in the hopper:

Alexandra Hill and Barrett Kirwan. 2015. “Factors Affecting the Fertilizer-use Decision of Maize Farmers in Ghana.” Journal of Sustainable Development 8(9).

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