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Jason Donovan

Senior Economist

Jason Donovan is a senior economist at CIMMYT with a focus on markets and value chains. His main research interests are rural livelihoods, agricultural markets, food systems and agribusiness development. He leads research in Mexico and East Africa on private-sector engagement in maize seed systems and the related implications for farmers, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies.

He has worked extensively in Central America and the Andes region, with additional experience in Brazil, Malawi, Ghana and Kenya. His recent contributions to the debate on markets and rural poverty include the book “Innovation for Inclusive Value Chain Development” and “Value Chains as Complex Systems,” a special edition of the Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies.

Since 2014, Jason has edited the journal Enterprise Development and Microfinance for the UK-based Practical Action Publishing. Prior to joining CIMMYT, Jason worked with the World Agroforestry Centre and The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center.