Whole-farm Model: Detailed Data on Nine Farms for Impact Assessment of Africa RISING Technologies

  • Mirja Michalscheck (Creator)
  • Jeroen Groot (Creator)
  • Bekele Kotu (Creator)
  • I. Hoeschle-Zeledon (Creator)
  • K.S. Kuivanen (Creator)
  • Katrien Descheemaeker (Creator)
  • Pablo Tittonell (Creator)



The zip.file contains the Farm DESIGN model (software) as well as the input data. A user manual of the software is available online. The zipped Farm DESIGN model contains the whole-farm representation of nine farms in Northern Ghana. A low, medium and a high resource endowed farm per site, namely in Duko (Northern Region), Nyangua (Upper East) and Zanko (Upper West). There are several models per farm:
1. The current/ actual farm configuration
2. The baseline (reset to a situation with traditional (no Africa RISING) farming practices)
3. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 1 (Maize) is implemented
4. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 2 (Cowpea) is implemented
5. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 3 (Soybean) is implemented
6. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 4 (Maize-Legume Rotation) is implemented
7. The farm, where Africa RISING Package 5 (Maize-Legume Strip Crop) is implemented
8. A farm-model that is ready for an exploration (containing additional options the model may choose)
Date made available31 Aug 2018
PublisherInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Temporal coverageOct 2015 - Nov 2015
Date of data production2018
Geographical coverageGhana, Africa


  • farm models
  • farming systems
  • technology
  • ex-ante impact assessment

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