Felix Kwame Yeboah

Felix Kwame  Yeboah

Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Michigan State University
B.S., Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Assistant Professor, International Development

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

Morrill Hall of Agriculture,
446 W. Circle Dr. Room 211-A
East Lansing, MI 48824

517 512 2755, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information

Felix Yeboah is an Assistant Professor, International Development, and a member of the AFRE Food Security Group. He joined the department in December 2014 under the Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa (GISAIA) grant.  His research focuses on agricultural productivity and poverty reduction strategies in Africa and the human dimensions of environmental and natural resource change.  His present work examines policy interventions that could promote agricultural productivity growth and employment creation in Africa.

Felix previous work employed mixed-methods and interdisciplinary approaches to examine perceptions and preferences of stakeholders at various levels of policy/program design to improve policy outcomes. His research and scholarship has been successfully applied in various contexts including informing institutional strategies for solid waste recycling and energy conservation at MSU, State of Michigan’s effort to reduce non point source pollution in the Great Lakes, and poverty alleviation strategies involving conditional cash transfers in Ghana. 

Research and Outreach interest

  • Agricultural productivity growth and poverty reduction strategies
  • Environmental and Natural Resource management planning
  • Stakeholder perception and decision-making
  • Survey design and research methods
  • Program development and evaluation

    Selected Publications

  • Yeboah F. K. and Jayne T. S. (2016) “Africa’s Evolving Employment Structure” International Development Working Paper, IDWP No. 148.  East Lansing. Michigan State University. October 2016.

  • Jayne, T. S., Chamberlin, J., Traub, L., Sitko, N., Muyanga, M., Yeboah, F. K., Anseeuw, W., Chapoto, A., Wineman, A., Nkonde, C., and Kachule, R. (2016). “Africa’s Changing Farmland Ownership: The Rise of the Emergent Investor Farmer”. Agricultural Economics, Vol. 47(s), supplement 197-214, DOI: 10.1111/agec.12308.
  •  Jayne, T. S.,   Holtzman, J. S., Yeboah, F. K., Anderson, J. R.  and Oehmke, J. F., (2016).  Agri-food Systems and Youth Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa” IDWP No. 150. East Lansing, Michigan State University. October 2016.

  • Allen, A., Howard, J., Jayne, T. S., Jemison, A., Kondo, M., Snyder, J., Tschirley, D., and Yeboah F. K.  (2016) “Agri-food Youth Employment and Engagement Study” . Report submitted to The MasterCard Foundation, April 2016-06-13.
  • Yeboah, F.K., Lupi, F., and Kaplowitz, M. D., (2015) “Agricultural Landowners’ Willingness to Participate in a Filter Strip Program for Watershed Protection,” Land Use Policy, 49, 75-85
  • Yeboah F. K., Kaplowitz M. D., Kerr, J., Lupi, F., and Thorp, L. G., (2015) “Sociocultural and Institutional Contexts of Social Cash Transfer Programs:  Lessons from Stakeholders’ Attitudes and Experiences in Ghana,” Global Social Policy, 1-22, DOI: 10.1177/1468018115600039
  • Kaplowitz, M. D., Yeboah, F. K., Thorp, L. G., and Wilson, A., (2009) “Garnering Input for Recycling Communication Strategies at a Big Ten University”, Resource Conservation and Recycling 53, 612–623, 2009

Recent research and policy presentations

Africa’s evolving employment structure: Trends and drivers of change. F. Kwame Yeboah and Thomas S. Jayne. Eye on Africa Seminar Series, African Studies Center, MSU. East Lansing, MI. October 20, 2016.

Africa’s evolving employment trends: Implications for youth livelihoods in the agrifood system. F. Kwame Yeboah, Thomas S. Jayne. 5th International Conference of AAEA. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. September 23‐26, 2016.

Africa’s evolving employment structure: Causes and Consequences. F. Kwame Yeboah, Thomas S. Jayne. FAO Technical Workshop. Rome, Italy. September 19‐20, 2016.

How can agricultural development strategies effectively reduce poverty in Africa? T.S. Jayne, Kwame Yeboah, Lulama Traub, Milu Muyanga, Jordan Chamberlin, Ferdinand Meyer. Ag. Learning Lunch seminar, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Seattle. October 6, 2015.

Megatrends and the Future of the Agri‐food System in West Africa. Felix K. Yeboah, T.S. Jayne, Lulama N. Traub, Ferdinand Meyer. BMGF’s Convening for Dryland Farming Systems in W. Africa. Dakar, Senegal. September 28, 2015.