The second round of the Ghana household survey was initially scheduled for December 2019 but this timing coincided with the peak of the cocoa harvesting season. As a result, it was postponed to March 2020 for the availability of households to participate in the survey.

Enumerators practice interviewing in local language at the training at ISSER, University of Ghana, Legon

The survey questionnaire was first reviewed in October 2019 by the DEMETER Ghana team and further reviewed prior to the recruitment and training of enumerators to accommodate additional questions particularly targeting additional households on contract farming. The review of the instrument continued during its transfer into survey solutions, the enumerator training and pretest for logical and consistency checks.

A total of 19 enumerators (10 women and 9 men) were trained and went to the field for the data collection. Out of this number, six were involved in the baseline survey in 2017 and were distributed among the three groups to the zones in which they had worked in order to guide in locating the households. To familiarize with the instrument and refresh their interviewing skills, the enumerators were taken through the instrument in CAPI (computer-assisted personal interviewing), undertook role plays and practiced interviewing in English and in the local languages of the study communities. Pretests were carried out at Kodeabe, a community in the outskirts of the Greater Accra region.

Enumerator conducting an interview at Kassapin, Asunafo North District

In the field, all community entry protocols and research ethics were observed before, during and after interviews. Due to challenges in locating some of the households in the communities and to internet interruptions that slowed down the synching and review of interviews, the fieldwork was completed in 22 days, from 2nd to 23rd March, 2020, instead of the initially scheduled 2 weeks.

We expect a total sample of 771 households at the end of the review exercise, up from 485 households in the baseline. The sample is distributed across 14 communities in four districts in four regions. Four additional communities, three in Garu Tempane and one in East Gonja, were added to the 10 communities from the baseline survey.