Brown Bag: Promoting Technical Transformation And Financial Inclusion Among Smallholder Farmers In Africa

Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series

Mario Miranda will discuss two interrelated factors that have been identified by development economists as critical impediments to wider adoption of improved technologies among smallholder farmers in developing countries: lack of access to credit and riskiness of income due to the vagaries of weather. He will focus on his experiences in Ghana, where over the past five years he has conducted extensive field research on these issues, engaged a wide range of government and non-government organizations, and participated in a variety of agricultural stakeholder outreach and education activities.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12-1 pm

Enarson Classroom Building Room 100 on the Ohio State University campus

The event is free and open to the public, and participants are welcome to bring lunch and eat during the conversation.


About the speaker

Mario Miranda‘s research focuses on computational modeling of stochastic and dynamic economic systems with applications to agricultural risk management, catastrophic insurance and reinsurance, agricultural and environmental policy, and microfinance and insurance in developing countries. Research has produced one book, more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, and several major computational modeling and risk management software packages. He has also won numerous university research and teaching awards. Miranda currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Society for Computational Economics, and is an associate editor of both the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and the Journal of Computational Economics. Miranda has been consultant to the World Bank, numerous private corporations, and several USDA branches, including the Office of the Chief Economist, the Economic Research Service, Risk Management Agency, and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. He joined the department in 1988.


About the Series

The Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series is a collaboration between the Center for African Studies and the Global Water Institute. Sessions are held Wednesdays from 12-1 in Enarson 100.


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Photo: Promoting Adoption of Improved Production Technologies via Coupled Credit and Insurance Contracts among Smallholders in Ghana