STAARS fellow presents findings at two international conferences

October 2016

STAARS fellow, Dr. Mulubrhan Amare presented his research at two international conferences last month

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Dr. Mulubrhan Amare, a PEP-supported STAARS fellow, presented his research at two international conferences in September 2016.

Recognizing his innovative, timely and policy-relevant research on African agriculture and rural household welfare, Dr. Amare was selected through competitive processes to present papers at the Rural Transformation, Agricultural and Food System Transition Conference held September 19-20, 2016 at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, and the 5th International Conference of the African Association of Agricultural Economists held September 23-26, 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In Rome, Dr. Amare presented the paper “Linkage between agricultural productivity and household welfare: Lessons from Nigeria”. The paper, co-authored with Jennifer Denno Cissé, Nathaniel D. Jensen, and Bekele Shiferaw, contributed to the conference theme of building an evidence base for policies that promote sustainable development, food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction. The study investigates the factors that accelerate or hinder agricultural productivity, identified as a key pathway out of poverty. Additionally, the study looks at whether increased agricultural productivity improves household consumption growth. The results indicate that increased labor and farm inputs lead to increased agricultural productivity and that increased agricultural productivity increases household consumption and improved welfare.

In Addis Ababa where the conference theme was on the role of policy and governance in transforming smallholder agriculture in Africa, Dr. Amare presented the paper “Agricultural productivity and rural household welfare distribution in sub-Saharan Africa: Empirical results from Nigeria and Uganda”, co-authored by Bekele Shiferaw. The study investigates the effect of agricultural productivity and other variables on household welfare, measured by consumption and asset-wealth inequality. The results indicate that access to infrastructure and the contribution of wealth variables have a significant impact on household welfare. The authors find that increased agricultural productivity increases consumption expenditure and asset-wealth inequality in both Nigeria and Uganda.

Dr. Amare is one of eight early-career African scholars receiving mentorship and capacity building thanks to PEP and in collaboration with Cornell Univeristy under the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) program. Find out more about the STAARS fellows.

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