Allocating Water Resources for Agricultural and Economic Development in the Volta River Basin

by Patrick Obeng-Asiedu (Author)
©2004 Thesis 164 Pages


Freshwater is needed in every aspect of life and is probably the most fundamental resource in sustaining life. It has been and will remain a key determinant of population growth and distribution, social and political organization and the quality of life. The aim of this study is to evaluate the costs and benefits as well as the tradeoffs and complementarities across water using sectors in the Volta River basin, notably Burkina Faso and Ghana. The model used was coded in the modeling language of the General Algebraic Modeling System. The author points out that profits per unit of water and hectare vary by crop and that liberalizing crop patterns could increase farmer profits from crop production. The study shows that increasing irrigated areas through inefficient water use systems in the basin will effectively render un-operational, the small hydropower projects in Burkina Faso and reduce the amount of power that the Akosombo reservoir can generate per month.


ISBN (Softcover)
Volta-Gebiet Wasserreserve Wassernutzung Ländliche Entwicklung Ressourcenökonomie Ghana Burkina Faso Volta River Basin Resource Economics Agriculture Modeling Elektrizitätsversorgung Energy
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. XXI, 164 pp., 23 fig., 20 tables

Biographical notes

Patrick Obeng-Asiedu (Author)

The Author: Patrick Obeng-Asiedu obtained his bachelors degree from Ghana’s University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi. He had his Master of Philosophy (Mphil) degree from the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra. He worked as a Credit Officer in one of Ghana’s development banks before proceeding to do the Masters degree. After completing the masters program, he worked at the University of Ghana and was an adjunct lecturer of Economics in Ghana’s Central University in Accra. His research interests are in micro and macro economics, resource and environmental economics as well as development economics.


Title: Allocating Water Resources for Agricultural and Economic Development in the Volta River Basin