CIMMYT’s socioeconomic research for development enhances the effectiveness of maize and wheat innovations and fosters their uptake by farmers and other partners. This helps CIMMYT to prioritize, target, understand and enhance social inclusiveness of innovations, and identify opportunities in maize and wheat agri-food systems. It provides practical and actionable (policy) recommendations and thereby helps improve the use of scarce research-for-development resources and enhances the impact and social inclusiveness of innovations for poor producers and consumers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The socioeconomics team focuses on four research themes:
- Foresight and targeting: Establishing priorities through foresight, targeting and modeling tools and guiding research through ex ante analysis of new innovation investments and opportunities.
- Adoption and impacts: Documenting and understanding the uptake and outcomes of maize and wheat innovations.
- Gender and social inclusion: Analyzing and mainstreaming gender and social inclusiveness in research and development interventions, including context and inter-sectionality (youth, status).
- Markets and value chains: Identifying research and development opportunities within agri-food systems, value chains, seed systems and rural livelihoods.
In addition, scientists engage in integrated systems and process research as members of multi-disciplinary research-for-development teams. Socioeconomics research involves diverse research approaches and social science expertise — including economics, agribusiness, policy, geography and anthropology. It forms an integral part of CGIAR Research Programs including MAIZE; WHEAT; Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM); Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); and the Gender and Big Data platforms.