Project Affiliates and Collaborators


Channing Arndt | University of Copenhagen

The Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. It is the University‘s department for teaching in economics at all academic levels as well as for research in economics. The main aims of the Department are:

  • To conduct research at high international standards.
  • To provide research-based teaching and supervision at Undergraduate and Graduate levels.
  • To be actively engaged in the Danish and international economic policy debate

Joseph Cabral | CRES, Senegal

CRES is an institution of research comprised of a team from various disciplines of economics, management, law and sociology in Senegal. Goals of CRES include: to contribute to maximizing the capacities of research and analysis of economic and social issues in Senegal and Africa; to promote expertise to aid with decision-making relating to economic and social matters. Since its creation in July 2004, CRES has made considerable progress in terms of research and support to public decision-makers.

Cheikh Sadibou Fall | ISRA, Seneagal

ISRA is a scientific and technical public institution created in 1974. Over a hundred researchers and research assistants are engaged in studying vegetables, animals, forests, halieutic productions, and socio-rural economics, contributing to the realization of Senegalese agricultural programs (including biofuels, sunflower, sesame, GOANA).

Martin Evans | Agriprojects Consulting Limited

Agriprojects Consulting Limited is an organization that provides investment, project development and management services to international agriculture and agribusiness. Agriprojects is both a vehicle for the professional services of its principal and a ‘one-stop’ source of consultants of high calibre who are personally known to him and are expert in relevant areas. Agriprojects is a completely independent source of advice, practical help and change management assistance for individuals, associations, companies, government departments and aid organisations involved in agriculture, agribusiness and rural development.

Flavio Avila & Geraldo Souza | Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA)

EMBRAPA’s mission is to provide feasible solutions for the sustainable development of Brazilian agribusiness through knowledge and technology generation and transfer. Since April 26, 1973, Embrapa has generated and recommended more than nine thousand technologies for Brazilian agriculture, reduced production costs and helped Brazil to increase the offer of food while, at the same time, conserving natural resources and the environment and diminishing dependence on external technologies, basic products and genetic materials.


Simla Tokgoz | Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD)

The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) conducts innovative public policy and economic research on agricultural, environmental, and food issues. CARD uniquely combines academic excellence with engagement and anticipatory thinking to inform and benefit society. CARD researchers develop and apply economic theory, quantitative methods, and interdisciplinary approaches to create relevant knowledge. Communication efforts target state and federal policymakers; the research community; agricultural, food, and environmental groups; individual decisionmakers; and international audiences.

Andre Faaij | Copernicux Institute

The Copernicus Institute aims to support the search for sustainable development and innovation through the development of knowledge, methods and instruments. A specific character of the institute is the combination of developing solid scientific knowledge and experience in the field of specific technical and scientific issues as well as the field of processes of change and innovation. The Copernicus Institute houses a wide range of disciplines, with researchers from the natural and social sciences. There is input from the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, technology, economy, ecology, hydrology, soil science, geography, environmental sciences, innovation science, sociology, policy science, and business studies. Additional input is also guaranteed by the close relationship the institute has with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP) through two endowed chairs occupied by the director and a senior researcher of the MNP at the Copernicus Institute.

Holger Matthey Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, helping developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since our founding in 1945, we have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world‘s poor and hungry people. The BEFS Project is designed to mainstream food security concerns into national and sub-national assessments of bioenergy potential.

Patrick Westhoff | Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI)

Established in 1984 by a grant from the U.S. Congress, FAPRI is a unique, dual-university research program. With research centers at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University and the Center for National Food and Agricultural Policy (CNFAP) at the University of Missouri-Columbia, FAPRI uses comprehensive data and computer modeling systems to analyze the complex economic interrelationships of the food and agriculture industry. FAPRI prepares baseline projections each year for the U.S. agricultural sector and international commodity markets. The multi-year projections are published as FAPRI Outlooks, which provide a starting point for evaluating and comparing scenarios involving macroeconomic, policy, weather, and technology variables. These projections are intended for use by farmers, government agencies and officials, agribusinesses, and others who do medium-range and long-term planning.

Martin Banse | LEI-Wageningen University

LEI’s mission is to promote the quality of food, the living environment and living conditions within international society. This mission is shared with the Social Sciences Department of Wageningen University, with which we form the Social Sciences Group. LEI works for government and industry developing economic knowledge in the fields of food, agriculture and green space. LEI?s work field covers the agricultural sector, fisheries, nature management and the use of green space. All links in the chain from consumer to producer are involved. An increasing proportion of LEI research focuses on international issues. Besides strategic research for long-term policy, LEI conducts research targeting more operational issues concerning the management of sectors and businesses and the management of rural areas. Also, statutory research tasks are conducted for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. This includes providing annual reports about income development, environmental performance and structural changes in agriculture and horticulture, as well as managing a related Farm Accountancy Data Network.

Bas Eickhout | Netherland Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP)

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP) supports national and international policy makers by analysing the environmental impact of policies and of trends in society. MNP provides independent integrated assessments on such topics such as sustainable development, energy and climate change, biodiversity, transport, land use and air quality. Findings in reports are produced both on request and at the MNP?s own initiative. All our reports available to the public. MNP functions as an interface between science and policy. Positioned at the centre of national and global knowledge networks, MNP supplies both the Dutch government and international organisations (e.g. EEA, UN, OECD and the World Bank) with sound, evidence-based assessments on core issues of environmental importance.

Martin von Lampe | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to: support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, assist other countries‘ economic development, and contribute to growth in world trade. The OECD also shares expertise and exchanges views with more than 100 other countries and economies, from Brazil, China, and Russia to the least developed countries in Africa.

Govinda Timilsina | World Bank – Development Economics Research Group (DECRG)

DECRG, the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank, is involved in many activities including several which support the LSMS, including: assistance in implementing new surveys; management, documentation and dissemination of existing data sets to researchers; training and preparation of written pedagogic materials; publications; and research on survey methodology.


Stephen Thornhill | University College Cork
Athur Mabiso | Michigan State University
Emily Turco | Stanford University