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Professor Ralph D. Christy is Director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development and Professor of Emerging Markets within the Dyson School of Applied Economic and Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches and conducts market research and educational programs on the economic performance of markets and distribution systems. He has advised industry leaders and public policy makers on marketing strategies, economic development, and the organization of the global food economy. A Ph.D. graduate of Michigan State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Christy is past President of the American Agricultural Economics Association, and has served on the Board Member of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Win-Rock International, and the African Agribusiness Capital Fund. He is the author of four books, A Century of Service: Land Grant Colleges and Universities, 1890-1990 (1992); Achieving Sustainable Communities in a Global Economy (2004); Financial Inclusion, Innovation, and Investments: Biotechnology and Capital Markets Working for the Poor (2011); and Emerging Markets (forthcoming). His most recent research calls attention to the role of creating an enabling environment for accelerating agro-industries’ contributions to sustain economic growth and development.
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Dr. Edward Mabaya is an academic and a development practitioner. As a Research Associate in the Emerging Markets Program of Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, he conducts research on food marketing and distribution, seed systems, spatial market equilibrium, agribusiness management and the role of efficient agricultural commodity markets in Africa’s economic development. He has published widely on these topics including a recent edited volume of “Case Studies of South Africa’s Emerging Farmers and Agribusinesses” (SunMedia, 2011)
As a development practitioner, Ed is involved in several programs that seek to improve the lives of African farmers through private enterprise.He has more than a decade of research and outreach experience with small and medium agribusiness enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries with a focus of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. He coordinates and instructs in Making Markets Matter, an executive agribusiness training programs for African agribusinesses working in agricultural input supply and output processing. Since 2000 more than 1100 agribusiness SMEs have been trained from fifteen Africa countries. Further, Mabaya has set up and coordinates the Seeds of Development Program (SODP), an innovative network designed to improve access to appropriate and affordable seeds for low-income smallholder farmers through business development services, networking, information provision and training for small to medium-sized local seed companies in East and Southern Africa. Thirty SME seed companies are currently a part of this network. These two projects involve extensive collaboration with African Universities, government departments, development agencies and the private sector.
Mabaya is a board member on two major investment funds targeting agribusiness enterprises in Africa. From 2008 to present, he has been part of a five member advisory board of the Food Retail Industry Challenge Fund (FRICH) that was set up by UK’s DFID to support new ideas that connect African farmers with global retailers in innovative business partnerships. To date more than £10 million has been disbursed to projects covering 14 African countries. From 2010 to present, Mabaya has also been part of a four member Investment Committee for the African Seed Investment Fund (ASIF). ASIF provides affordable and flexible risk capital to seed companies operating in eight African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) to improve the delivery of quality certified seed to smallholder farmers.
Mabaya is currently the Assistant Director at the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development. He earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University and his B.Sc. from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2007, Ed was an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, a training program offered by the African Leadership Institute at Oxford University. In 2010, he was a Visiting Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
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Emelly Mutambatsere is a Post Doctoral Associate in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell for graduate studies in August 2000, she worked as a research assistant for the IDEAA Southern Africa Program, a multi-country initiative working to improve economic development and equity in the agricultural communities of southern Africa. During graduate study, she worked as teaching assistant for several courses offered the by the AEM and Economics Departments at Cornell: Economics of Agricultural Development, Price Analysis and Forecasting, Introductory Macroeconomics, and International Trade and Finance. She has interned with the World Trade Organization Secretariat, the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, and the Farmers Development Trust in Zimbabwe. Her research interests are in the areas of agricultural markets, international trade and development. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University (2006), MS Degree from Cornell University (2002), and B.Sc. Degree in Agriculture from the University of Zimbabwe (1999).
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Nomathemba Mhlanga is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell in January 2002, she worked as a Scientific Officer in the Socio-Economics and Policy Program of ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics). In addition she has interned with EU Micro Projects Program and Christian Care- Zimbabwe. At Cornell, she has held teaching assistantship positions for courses in Economics of Agricultural Development, Emerging Markets, Agricultural Finance and Farm Business Management. Her research interests are in the areas of microfinance, international finance and economic development. She holds a First Class BSc Honors Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters Degree from Cornell University.
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Helder Zavale is a PhD student in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Helder’s research interests are in the areas of marketing and development economics, focusing on the role of agricultural inputs markets in economic development of the LDCs. Helder’s geographical focus is Africa. His recent research focuses on technology adoption and stochastic frontier analysis. Helder has worked at University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Mozambique as a tutorial fellow before joining Cornell graduate school. He has a BSc degree in Engineering in Agriculture from UEM (Mozambique 5-year degree) and a MS degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University.
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Mainza is a graduate student in Agricultural Economics with a bias towards Agricultural Marketing, Food Distribution and Public Policy. He is currently working on his Master’s thesis titled “Spatial Pricing Efficiency in Maize Markets in Uganda”. After completing his undergraduate degree in Quantitative Economics from Makerere University in Uganda, he worked for four years at a consultancy firm in Kampala, Uganda. At the consultancy he participated in the design, implementation, analysis, and report writing for various market studies, agricultural sector studies and business surveys. On completion of his graduate work, Mainza intends to further engage himself in the agricultural development process in East Africa, particularly focusing on agricultural marketing and value addition for low and high value commodities, the seed industry, and related policies.
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