Building more impact assessment capacity
Guest post by Albert Alwang, CIAT-VT.
Members from the Socio-economic and Impact Analysis unit of DAPA, will be participating in the workshop on “The Assessment of Impacts of New Agriculture Technologies” hosted by Virginia Tech located in Blacksburg, Virginia USA. A multidisciplinary team of agricultural and applied economists will be spending the week Dec 12-17 at Virginia Tech to discuss current impact assessment methodologies and think on the ways to improve the current state on impact methodologies. The workshop is led by two professors from Virginia Tech, Dr. Jeffrey Alwang and Dr. George Norton, with the goal of developing a common knowledge base for methods evaluating the economic and other impacts of new agriculture technologies. Specific topics that will be discussed include the measuring of adoption & estimating probability of adoption, Farm-level impacts, Market-level effects, environmental impacts and the impacts on food security. The team will present CIAT’s current goals and projects, along with outlining current obstacles faced by CIAT that will be addressed throughout the workshop. The workshop provides an opportunity to expand networks for future collaborations not only with the university, but with CIP and HarvestPlus who will also be in attendance.