Description of the Dynamic Agricultural Household Bio-Economic Simulator (DAHBSIM)

 

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Researchers and policy experts in the agricultural field are often interested in the optimal means by which scarce resources should be used to achieve desired outcomes at the level of the farm-household. The techniques used for determining optimal farm level management and technology adoption decisions have often involved modeling behavioral and technical relationships at this level. The below technical document presents the outline of a new modelling framework developed to better understand decision making and tradeoffs at the level of a representative farm-household, with application intended principally for countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The Dynamic Agricultural Household Bio-Economic Simulator (DAHBSIM) is a model that combines highly detailed biophysical representation of crop and livestock production along with an in depth accounting of household behavioural elements, in particular those relating to production, consumption, and welfare. The purpose of the model is to inform policy makers about the impacts of management, technology adoption decisions, and policy on welfare and environmental indicators at the level of the farm household, and in turn to assess how these translate into national and regional level outcomes.

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