Dr. Ralph Armah

Dr. Ralph Armah
Research Fellow

Ralph Armah is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana. His research interests are in development economics, food security and food safety, with associated interests in conducting field experiments to better understand behavioral biases in technology adoption.

Ralph holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University, Manhattan; where he was a scholar of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab on the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss.

Ralph was an Assistant Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Policy Studies, University of Ghana; where he engaged in several social protection projects funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Partnership for African Social Governance and Research (PASGR). He was also a scholar of the global SysTem for Analysis, Research, and Training (START) funded “Assessment of Adaptation Responses to Climate Change and Agrobiodiversity Loss” project.

Ralph received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana and was a scholar at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.



1. Development Economics

2.  Food security

3. Food safety


1. Martey, E. and Armah, R. (2020) Welfare effect of international migration on the left-behind in Ghana: Evidence from machine learning, Migration Studies, mnaa025, https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnaa025  

2.Schwab, B. and Armah, R. (2019). Can Food Safety Shortfalls Disrupt ‘Ag for Nutrition’ Gains? Evidence from Eid al-Adha. Food Policy Vol. 83, pp. 170-179

3. Armah, R., Al-Hassan, R.M., Kuwornu, J.K., and Osei-Owusu, Y. (2013). What Influences Farmers’ Choice of Indigenous Adaptation Strategies for Agrobiodiversity Loss in Northern Ghana? British Journal of Applied Science & Technology 3(4): pp. 1162-1176


4. Armah, R., Al-Hassan, R.M., and Kuwornu, J.K.M. (2019). Impacts of Participation in Climate Change Projects on Ghanaian Maize Farmers’ Yields, Income and Resilience to Climate Shocks. In Kuwornu, J.K.M Editor (Eds.), Climate Change and Sub-Saharan Africa: The Vulnerability and Adaptation of Food Supply Chain Actors, pp. 157-171. Wilmington, USA and Malaga, Spain: Vernon Press

5. de-Graft Aikins, A., Alidu, S., Aryeetey, E.B., Domfe, G., and Armah, R. (2017). The Scope and Limits of Ghana’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme. In Awortwi, N. and Aiyede, E. R. Editors (Eds.), Politics, Public Policy and Social Protection in Africa: Evidence from Cash Transfer Programmes, pp. 45-63. Arbingdon, UK and New York, NY: Routledge


6. de-Graft Aikins, A., Alidu, S., Aryeetey, E. B., Domfe, G., Armah, R., and Koram, M. (2016). A Political Economy of Social Protection Policy Uptake in Ghana. Partnership for African Social and Governance Research Working Paper No. 008, Nairobi, Kenya

ISDS 606: Policy Analysis

ISDS 626: Microfinance and Development