The study assessed the value chain of farmed tilapia in Ghana outlining key actors, flow of products and information, costs and margins, and relationship among actors. The study showed that all key actors in the value chain: input suppliers; fish farmers; traders; and food services had positive margins except fish farmers. Input suppliers accrued most of the margins generated along the chain. The efficiency and profitability of tilapia value chain in Ghana can be improved by having well-defined payment transaction with customers, persistent relationships with customers, and good information management such as keeping good records on costs and revenues. Fish farming could be more profitable if farmers reduced their variable costs, priced their fish using a cost plus or percentage markup approach, and adopted target marketing.
This research is a component of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Aquaculture & Fisheries, made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Grant No. EPP-A-00-06-00012-00; and by contributions from participating institutions. The contents are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or endorsement of USAID, the United States Government, or the AquaFish Innovation Lab.