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Aw-Hassan, Aden (view)

Aden Awhassan is a Director of Social, Economic and Policy Research Program at ICARDA. He has been an Value Chains flagship team member since  2014. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and resource Economics from Oklahoma State University.

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de Brauw, Alan (view) IFPRI
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Orr, Alastair (view)

Alastair William Orr is an assistant Director and Principal Scientist at Markets, Institutions and Policies division at ICRISAT located in Nairobi, Kena. He has been an Value Chains flagship team member since 2013.

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Devaux, André (view)

Andre Devaux holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture Science at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. With more than 25 years experience in international development, he is now based in Ecuador assuming the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Leadership as well as the coordination of a research for development regional project which promotes pro-poor innovation approaches for food security in the Andean potato-based food systems.

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Bantilan, Cynthia (view)

Cynthia Bantilan is the Research Program Director at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) for the Research Program on Markets, Institutions Policy. She was previously the Global Theme Leader of ICRISAT’s Global Theme on Institutions, Markets, Policy and Impacts. Prior to that, she was Principal Scientist and Project Leader and later Program Director for the Research Evaluation and Impact Assessment of the Socioeconomics and Policy Program at ICRISAT. She has a PhD in Economics and Statistics from North Carolina State University and specialises in agricultural research evaluation and impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation, poverty and income distribution, econometrics, agricultural economics and agricultural statistics, information systems management, and applications for decision support and policy analysis.

Dr Bantilan currently heads the development and implementation of key research programmes on markets, institutions and policy in agriculture, using macro- and micro- (village level) studies in eastern and southern Africa, west and central Africa and South Asia. She spearheaded the Research Evaluation and Impact Assessment Program and led the conceptualisation of ICRISAT’s Policy and Implementation Plan for Monitoring and Evaluation and the Policy on Technology Exchange and Partnerships. Both were implemented across the three regional hubs of ICRISAT in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. She also led the mainstreaming of gender and health in semi-arid tropics agricultural research for development.

Before joining ICRISAT, she held the position of Associate Professor of Economics and Professor of Statistics at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.

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Stoian, Dietmar (view)

Dietmar Stoian is Director of the Commodity Systems and Genetic Resources programme at Bioversity International in Montpellier, France. The programme pursues an R4D approach for banana, cacao and coconut, with emphasis on genetic resources, production systems and value chains. He previously led research, higher education and technical cooperation on sustainable rural business development at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica.

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Kassie, Girma Tesfahun (view)

Dr. Girma T. Kassie is a senior agricultural market economist at ICARDA with more than 18 years of experience in agricultural research, development and teaching at different levels in Eastern and Southern Africa. He received his Bachelors (1994) and Masters (2002) Degree in Agricultural Economics from Haramaya University (formerly Alemaya University of Agriculture) in Ethiopia and his PhD in World food economics from the Department of Food Economics and Consumption Studies at the University of Kiel in Germany in March 2008. His research and publications focused on valuation of attributes of genetic resources using both stated and revealed preference approaches. His current research focuses on agricultural risk, applied choice analysis, and economic impact of research and development investments. In addition to his long experience in the Ethiopian national agricultural research system, Girma has worked for and collaborated with a number of CG centers including ILRI, IFPRI, CIFOR, IITA and CIMMYT. From March 2009 until he joined ICARDA on 02 January 2014, Girma had been working as the Socio-economist of the award winning Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project of CIMMYT and IITA in Southern Africa; i.e., Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Girma has served as president of the agricultural economics society of Ethiopia and he is currently an associate editor of Agricultural Economics, Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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Hareau, Guy (view)

Guy Hareau holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech and is part of the Agronomy department at Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay. Since 2008, he has been with CIP to work as a specialist in defining priorities for investigation and impact evaluation of agricultural technical change.  His specialty is the design of partial and general equilibrium models to analyze economic impacts of agricultural technologies.  He has worked in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the United States. From 2008-2011, he led the Alianza Cambio Andino which investigated impacts of the methods of participants to promote innovation for small farmers and he was a member of the executive committee of the alliance. From 1991-2008 he worked in the projects and economic evaluation division of National Institute of Agriculture of Uruguay (INIA). There, he worked the project IssAndes which sought to quantify the impacts of different types of agricultural interventions on food security.

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Dror, Iddo (view)

Dr. Iddo Dror joined ILRI as Head of Capacity Development (CapDev) in Oct 2012, and in line with the new ILRI strategy 2013-2022, leads the development of knowledge, attitudes, skills and institutional arrangements that are necessary to replicate, expand, adapt, use, support and sustain livestock research and its application for development in a variety of contexts across ILRI and its projects/CRPs.

Iddo has more than fifteen years’ capacity development experience, gained in academia and international development, combined with experience in teaching, research, and fellowship administration. His career track has included assignments across five continents.  

He has a PhD in Economic and Social Sciences and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

For a more detailed overview of activities and publications, see his LinkedIn profile here.

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Donovan, Jason (view)

Jason Donovan is a Marketing Specialist in ICRAF's Peru office. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. His research interests include rural enterprise and value chain development.

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Lundy, Mark (view)

Mark Lundy is a Researcher at CIAT, in Cali, Colombia. His work focuses on rural enterprise development with smallholder farmers and includes topics such as the establishment of learning networks to increase NGO and farmer capacities for enterprise development, how private companies can better partner with smallholder farmers, the role of public and donor agencies in supporting better market linkages, and how to establish and sustain effective trading relationships between buyers and smallholder farmers that add business value while reducing rural poverty. Mark is lead author of a series of guides on participatory rural enterprise development and an active participant in the Sustainable Food Lab and other multi-stakeholder forums focused on sustainability and smallholder inclusion in Latin America and Africa.

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Jager, Matthias (view)

Matthias has wide experience working in different development projects, private sector companies and NGOs in topics related to marketing and value chain promotion of organic and fair trade certified high value niche and biodiversity products, both in the European Union, USA and developing countries. He is currently developing and testing market based approaches for linking underutilized genetic resources and farmers with markets for income generation and pro poor growth. He performs analysis of value chains to detect bottlenecks and outline upgrading strategies. He organizes and facilitates multi stakeholder platforms through which market opportunities for biodiversity products are identified.  Through training and capacity development entrepreneurial and business skills of value chain actors are improved. Matthias has been supporting Bioversity’s global project on neglected and underutilized species (IFAD NUS), mainly with Andean Grains, and the GIZ funded project on Capsicum, which both take place in Peru and Bolivia. Matthias has also developed a training manual on participatory value chain assessment and promotion for neglected & underutilized species and has facilitated training workshops for research partners in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He holds a M.Sc. Agricultural Economics, Justus von Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

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Abdoulaye, Tahirou (view)

Tahirou Abdoulaye is from Niger. He is an Agricultural Economist based in Ibadan, Nigeria. His academic qualifications include a B.Sc. in economics (University of Niamey, Niger); and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics (Purdue University, USA). He has been involved in evaluation and impact assessment of several projects mainly in West Africa. He has produced papers on impact assessment of research activities in several African countries including Niger, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, and Benin. His research work covers a wide range of rural economic issues including seed systems, farm-level efficiency and also technology evaluation and transfer. His more recent research interest focuses on innovation systems and how they can help increase technology uptake by small farmers. Prior to joining IITA in 2007, he was a research fellow with JIRCAS (2005─2006), Scientist at INRAN (2004─2005), graduate research assistant and postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University (1997─2003) and Economist at INRAN (1989─1993, 1994─1996).

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