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MRA 8 Economic Impacts

 

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Jill Findeis 

University of Missouri

Curriculum Vitae

 
Dr. Jill Findeis is an agricultural economist at the University of Missouri and leads the Soybean Innovation Lab’s (SIL) socioeconomic research assessing the economic impact of soybean introduction at the smallholder farmer level. Dr. Findeis’ research specifically studies purchase and utilization of inputs, labor allocation, gender biases, the importance of ICT, the minimum efficient scale, market failures, and spatial constraints related to soybean production by smallholder farmers in the tropics. Dr. Findeis is the Director of Applied Social Sciences and a Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri.
 
 

Associate Investigators:

 
 

Dr. Magalhaes Miguel 

Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM)

Curriculum Vitae

 
Dr. Magalhaes Amade Miguel is a senior scientist at the Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM)and a member of the Soybean Innovation Lab’s Socio-Economic Research team. Dr. Miguel received his PhD and Master’s degrees in Plant Physiology from Pennsylvania State University. Magalhaes has extensive experience in agricultural development in Mozambique, and has been a lead collaborator on a number of USAID-led projects. His research focuses on the identification, evaluation, and field validation of root traits responsible for, or associated with, phosphorus acquisition efficiency.
 
 

Maria de Luz Quinhentos 

Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM)

 
Maria de Luz is a socioeconomic researcher with the Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (Investigação Agrária de Moçambique, IIAM). Maria received her Masters of Science degree from Penn State University in social science with supervision from Dr. Findeis. Maria leads the team of enumerators and technicians from IIAM conducting two of the SIL survey instruments in Mozambique. She has led the enumeration of both the soy-adapted Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI+) survey and the soy adoption survey assessing constraints to soybean production on the part of smallholder farmers.
 
 
 

Nina Furstenau 

University of Missouri

Curriculum Vitae

Nina Furstenau is a member of the Soybean Innovation Lab’s socioeconomic research team focused on understanding the economic impact of soybean introduction at the smallholder farmer level. Nina is a journalist and teaches at the University of Missouri (MU) Science and Agriculture Journalism program and the MU School of Journalism. Furstenau received her M.A. in English/Creative Writing from MU in 2006 and her B.J. Degree in 1984. She was in the Peace Corps in Tunisia from 1984 to 1986 and then began working as a journalist and publisher/editor of three construction magazines in 1987. Furstenau, along with her husband, started and published these magazines and two others until 2001. Her recent books include Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in the Heartland, a memoir in food, and Savor Missouri: River Hill Country Food and Wine, celebrating the local flavors of food and wine in Missouri. Furstenau is working with SIL to develop a cookbook of Mozambican heritage recipes, many enhanced locally with soybean, entitled Tasty Mozambique.

 
 

Fridah Mubichi 

University of Missouri

Fridah Mubichi is a member of the Soybean Innovation Lab’s socioeconomic research team. Her research includes focus group discussions and field studies on bean preferences, climate change and farming practices among men and women in Central and Northwest Mozambique. Fridah is a PhD student in Sustainable Development at the University of Missouri (MU). Before joining MU, Fridah co-founded the Miriam Kanana Mubichi Foundation (MKMF), a nationally recognized NGO focused on the promotion of sustainable social and economic development projects in Eastern Kenya. She has also taught at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), Kenya Methodist University (Kenya) and the University of Nairobi in the College of Education & External Studies (Meru, Kenya). Fridah also collaborates with SIL researchers on the implementation of the soy-adapted Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI+) survey in Mozambique.

Dr. Stephan Tubene

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Curriculum Vitae

 
Dr. Stephan Tubene is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He has a B.S. in Chemistry and Agricultural Industries from the Institut Facultaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Yangambi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Alcorn State University in Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. Tubene has over 25 years of experience implementing programs in developing countries. His research, teaching, outreach, and consulting interests include international agricultural development; production economics; agribusiness management; agricultural marketing; leadership; and entrepreneurship.