Accra, Ghana

Accra, Ghana

Hunger and Food Security IN A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

The course takes place in Ghana at NYU Accra and in Elmina, Kumasi, and Tamale

Tentative Dates: May 25 - June 14, 2019

The Course

PADM-GP 2250 | Syllabus | Itinerary

Map of Ghana

This course explores the political and economic policy issues surrounding hunger and food security, drawing on many case examples and using Ghana as a case study. The course will provide an overview of some of the core dimensions of global hunger and food security policy issues, including debates over a new green revolution, food aid, fair trade, the impact of expanded biofuels production, and the impact of the inter-related financial, food, and fuel crises. The class will incorporate visits to sites in Ghana and discussions with NGOs and other organizations involved in various efforts to enhance food security.

Students enrolled in the Ghana course must attend 3 pre-departure class meetings at NYU Wagner in New York and engage in some research prior to the trip. Dates for those meetings will be set once the enrollment for the summer course is complete, but will occur in the latter half of the the spring semester.

Course prerequisites: Wagner's CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics, CORE-GP 1011 Statistical Methods, CORE-GP 1022 Intro to Policy, or equivalents or permission from the instructor (see instructor email address on right side of this page under "instructor").

Note: Students enrolled in PADM 2250 in Ghana may also take, as a non-credit course, Professor Gershman's Hunger and Food Security in Global Perspective PADM 4250 which meets on Tuesdays, 6.45 PM - 8.25 PM for 7 sessions from March 20 through  May 1. This is recommended but not required.


As part of the course students will take half-day study visits to organizations and farms working to enhance food security. The course will also include a full-day visit to Cape Coast and visits to local markets and attractions in Accra.

Participants will visit:

  • Local, national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and aid agencies;
  • Local markets in Accra, Kumasi, and Tamale;
  • Elmina Castle, the oldest European building in existence below the Sahara;
  • Kumasi, Tamale, and Wli Falls in the Volta Region.

Program Costs

Tuition: This is a 3-credit course and is counted toward your summer course load.

Program fee: $2,000 anticipated. A $1,200 deposit fee will be due upon acceptance in the course. The program fee is payable by credit card. The fee includes housing, ground transport, several meals, orientation, staff assistance, and more.

Funding: students interested in potential funding sources should explore the opportunities on this NYU study abroad page. Be sure to find the opportunities available to graduate students.

Accommodations and Logistics

Participants stay at the NYU Accra Solomon's Lodge student residence building, located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Accra and a short distance from the city center. Accommodations in Cape Coast, Kumasi, and Tamale will be at hotels and guest houses. The activities fee includes lodging costs, an opening luncheon and dinner, and a closing dinner as well as ground transportation and on-site staffing. Students will be responsible for other meals, mobile phone rental and minutes, and spending cash.

For more information about NYU Accra, visit its website. For more information about Accra, visit Wikitravel's Guide to Accra and Lonely Planet's Guide to Accra.

Flight: International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Participants must book and pay for their flights, and should do so no later than April. Several airlines fly to Ghana, including Delta, Ghana Airways, American Airlines, Lufthansa, and British Airways.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for up to 6 months after course date, not before.

Visa: NYU students will receive information from NYU's Office of Global Services regarding appropriate visa type. Visit the Ghana Consulate in New York for more information on the visa process.

Registration Information

To request registration for a Summer 2018 course abroad, you must complete this application form. The application is open from December 1, 2017 - February 5, 2018. 

Upper-level undergraduate students seeking to take the course for credit must first gain approval from their advisor and then contact for registration procedures.

Non-matriculated, non-NYU, and non-credit participants should contact for more information.

For all inquiries about the program, contact

Information session

There are no information sessions scheduled at this time.

Note: This course is open to NYU and non-NYU students/participants.


John Gershman, NYU Wagner