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Trent Blare

Markets and Value Chain Specialist

Trent Blare’s research focuses on the use of behavioral economics and economic games to analyze smallholder inclusion, consumer preferences, and gender relations in the development of value chains and local food systems.

Currently, he is looking at how farmers’ associations in Mexico can gain better access to markets for specialty maize and other companion crops used in integrated maize production systems. The objectives of this research are to enhance the incomes and overall wellbeing of smallholder households; to ensure women, youth and minority groups have access to and benefit from these markets; and to provide affordable, nutritious food options to local consumers.