Socioeconomics

PROGRAM

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Olaf Erenstein


Director

Socioeconomics

The CIMMYT socioeconomics Program aims to help prioritize, target, understand and enhance wheat and maize interventions to make the greatest impact. It helps optimize the use of  research resources, accelerates the uptake of innovations and enhances impacts and their social inclusiveness for poor producers and consumers of wheat and maize in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In the prospective (ex-ante) phase of research-to-development, the program helps with positioning, prioritizing and foresight. In the implementation phase, it helps to keep or adjust the trajectory of activities by providing current perspectives on progress, process and operational issues. In the retrospective (ex-post) phase, it helps to document impact and draw out lessons. Cross-cutting research ensures social and gender inclusiveness. The program provides guidance on whether interventions are making changes that are transforming agriculture and rural landscapes.

Diverse research approaches and social science expertise, including economics, agribusiness, policy, geography and anthropology and is an integral part of four CGIAR Research Programs: MAIZE; WHEAT; Climate Change; Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); and Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM).

IN BRIEF

Key Objectives
  • Foresight and targeting: Developing foresight, targeting and modeling tools to help prioritize, guide and target research for development; exploring current innovation investments and opportunities and assessing their likely future impact.
  • Adoption and impact assessment of maize and wheat innovations: Analyzing sustainable intensification and germplasm associated impact pathways for both wheat and maize-based systems, including understanding and measuring adoption, interactions, outcomes, and overall impact.
  • Gender and social inclusion research: Strategic gender analysis and mainstreaming to enhance the social inclusiveness of disadvantaged groups, including gender disaggregated data collection and analysis to help prioritize, guide and target R4D investments.
  • Systems and process research: Multi-disciplinary research-for-development to develop wheat and maize-based systems, including associated value chain and market analysis, business models, producer/consumer acceptance and innovation adaption.

VIDEO

  • Maize in the developing world

contacts

Olaf Erenstein


Director