Efficient investment in food system research necessitates an understanding of the costs and potential benefits of alternative projects. Estimating the ex-ante returns to technological innovation requires information on the financial benefits over the status quo, the likelihood of adoption and the time lag between development and widescale penetration in target environments. Combining this information with the costs of the project allows calculation of the benefits accruing to producers and consumers.
The economics project is designed to provide strategic information to the management team as they assess alternative project proposals and research strategies. Owing to the value-chain strategy of the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab, this project requires skills to assess the impact of embodied technologies like new seed varieties, crop and resource management techniques and consumer demand for new food products. Many projects in the economics portfolio are designed to examine one element of the innovation challenge and are ideally suited for student projects.
This project and research was funded by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, known as the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab (SMIL). This lab is funded by USAID and managed at Kansas State University.
Timothy Dalton Manzamasso Hodjo
Keith Fuglie Etaferahu Kassa Ejetu
Yacob Zereyesus Tebila Nakelese
Kansas State University
Ethiopia - Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
Niger - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN)
Senegal - Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA)
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Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles du Senegal (ISRA)
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN)