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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.

Contact

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Olaf Erenstein

Socioeconomics Program Director

Team members

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Lone Badstue

Research Theme Leader, Gender and Social Inclusion

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Jason Donovan

Senior Economist

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Hugo De Groote

Principal Scientist

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Dave Hodson

Senior Scientist

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Vijesh V. Krishna

Lead Economist

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Gideon Kruseman

Foresight and Ex-Ante Research Leader

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Kai Sonder

Geographic Information System Unit Head

Health and nutrition
Photos

What do wholegrain foods look like around the world?

Gender and social inclusion
Features

Our climate change-ravaged food systems cannot wait for the gradual progress of gender quality.

Gender and social inclusion
Features

Experts note that policies alone are not enough — they need to go hand in hand with strong initiatives to make agriculture a safer, more equal and respectful space for both women and men.

Health and nutrition
Videos

Consumers near Mexico City perceived blue maize tortillas to taste better. They were willing to pay up to a third more to buy them for special family events or to consume them in restaurants.