Accra, Ghana: Hunger and Food Security

Accra Ghana

In Ghana at NYU Accra and in Cape Coast, Kumasi and Tamale

This course is closed and not accepting applications for 2017. Check back in November 2017 for Summer 2018 dates!

2017 dates: Friday, June 2 (arrival day) - Friday, June 23 (departure day). Class meeting days are Saturday, June 3 - Thursday, June 22. 

In addition, students enrolled in the Ghana course must attend the pre-departure class meetings (at NYU in New York): Tuesdays 6:45 pm - 8:25 pm from March 21 - May 8. Once students who are accepted into the summer course are registered, they will also see the March 21 - May 8 pre-departure lectures posted on their schedule.

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.

The course will have pre-departure lectures in New York in late May and early June. Check Albert for the schedule.

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 addresses on right side of this page under "instructors").

Note: New York-based version of course (PADM-GP 4250): Please note that a half-semester course, PADM-GP 4250 Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (meets in New York only), which will not travel to Ghana, is also being offered. The course will meet Tuesdays 6:45 - 8:25 pm 3/21/2017 - 5/8/2017. Check Albert for updates. The same course prerequisites as above apply.


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: $5,000 (approx.), plus registration and support fees. 

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

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, breakfast groceries, 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: 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 an application form, which will open in December 2017. Contact with any questions. 

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 currently no information sessions scheduled at this time. Please check back for updates.

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


Diana Beck, NYU Wagner

John Gershman, NYU Wagner