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Hope C. Michelson
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Supply chainAgricultureGovernmentEconomicsEconomic growth
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#1Kwabena Krah (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 1
#2Hope C. Michelson (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 8
Last. Rohit Jindal (MacEwan University)H-Index: 1
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Abstract Though problems related to low and declining soil fertility continue to impede agricultural production and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa, smallholder farmers in this region – those cultivating two hectares or less – have shown reluctance to adopt practices at scale that help conserve or enhance soil quality. Employing a discrete choice-based experiment, we find evidence that farmers’ propensity to adopt soil fertility management (SFM) practices increases with improved access to mi...
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#1Erin C. Lentz (University of Texas at Austin)H-Index: 12
#2Hope C. Michelson (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 8
Last. Yujun Zhou (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 1
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Abstract Globally, over 800 million people are food insecure. Current methods for identifying food insecurity crises are not based on statistical models and fail to systematically incorporate readily available data on prices, weather, and demographics. As a result, policymakers cannot rapidly identify food insecure populations. These problems delay responses to mitigate hunger. We develop a replicable, near real-time model incorporating spatially and temporally granular market data, remotely-sen...
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#1Kashi Kafle (International Fund for Agricultural Development)H-Index: 3
#2Hope C. Michelson (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 8
Last. Alex Winter-Nelson (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 20
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AbstractThis paper studies the effects of a multifaceted asset transfer programme on the decision-making dynamics of smallholder households. Constructing separate indexes of participation in househ...
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#1Lokendra Phadera (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 3
#2Hope C. Michelson (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 8
Last. Peter D. Goldsmith (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 17
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We estimate the impact of an asset transfer program on household resilience. We measure resilience as the probability that a household will sustain at least the threshold asset level required to support consumption above the poverty line. Using six rounds of data collected over 42 months in rural Zambia, we construct a measure of resilience based on households' conditional welfare distributions to estimate program impacts. We find that the program increased household resilience; beneficiaries' l...
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#1Hope C. MichelsonH-Index: 8
#2Brenna EllisonH-Index: 9
Last. Victor ManyongH-Index: 1
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Fertilizer use remains below recommended rates in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, contributing to poor crop yields and poverty. Farmers voice suspicion that available fertilizer is often adulterated, but these concerns are not backed by reliable evidence. In fact, an insight from industry but absent from academic literature is that profitable fertilizer adulteration is difficult. We surveyed all fertilizer sellers in Morogoro Region, Tanzania and tested 633 samples of their fertilizer. We also condu...
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#1Andrés Ham (University of Los Andes)H-Index: 5
#2Hope C. Michelson (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 8
We study whether Honduran municipalities exposed to a conditional cash transfer program from 2000 to 2005 experience lasting effects on human capital and labor market outcomes. The government randomly assigned three forms of delivering program benefits across targeted municipalities: demand (vouchers), supply (clinic and school subsidies), and a combination of both. This program provides an opportunity to explore if and how differential exposure to incentives produces longer term effects. Using ...
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#1Hope C. Michelson (UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)H-Index: 8
#2Katherine L. Tully (UMD: University of Maryland, College Park)H-Index: 13
Summary This paper uses hedonic analysis to estimate the impact of an area-based anti-poverty project on land values in a developing country. Economic theory would suggest that benefits of area-based programs would be capitalized into land prices, as supply is relatively fixed compared to other factors of production. While revealed preference methods have been applied widely in the field of environmental economics, they have not yet been used to evaluate an international development project. We ...
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This research analyzes the motivations and dynamics of small farmer participation in supermarket supply chains in developing countries: why some small farmers join these new markets and continue their participation; why others drop out or decline the relationship from the outset. Drawing on insights from the technology-adoption literature on learning and experimentation, and also on findings from a simple two-period Bayesian model of farmer decisions to participate in a new market, we incorporat...
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#1Hope C. MichelsonH-Index: 8
#2Stephen R. Boucher (UC Davis: University of California, Davis)H-Index: 17
Last. Xiangping JiaH-Index: 1
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This paper identifies and describes the recent emergence of a new class of private sector intermediaries in fresh fruit and vegetable (FFV) supermarket supply chains in China. These intermediaries play key roles that determine the ways in which farm households participate in and the benefits they derive from new retail-led market opportunities associated with the supermarket sector's shift from FFV procurement through wholesale markets towards more direct contracting with farm communities. This ...
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This article argues for research and policy emphasis on two often-ignored factors critical to increasing regional agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: the presence of agronomically and economically important variability in farmer soils; and the capacity of existing agricultural input supply chains in the region to provide the types, quantities, and quality of agricultural inputs that farmers will need to increase yields and respond to market changes. Along with problems of credit acc...
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