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

    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 >> Read more

Assessing Travel Times and Transport Costs in Africa South of the Sahara: A Case Study in Malawi

  Market level partial or general equilibrium models require estimates of the cost of transporting goods from one region to another. In some regions, obtaining accurate estimates of the transport costs for basic commodities, such as agricultural goods or inputs, such as fertilizer, can be quite difficult. Lack of spatial data or information related to >> Read more

Intensifying Agricultural Production Sustainably

Intensifying Agricultural Production Sustainably: A Framework for Analysis and Decision Support, by Monica Zurek This paper sets out the various aspects of Agricultural  Sustainable Intensification that is most relevant to the work of BioSight, and puts it within the context of how other researchers and development stakeholders think about the issue and the key socio-economic >> Read more

BioSight Participating in Farming Systems Design Symposium

        Source: fsd5.european-agronomy.org/ Biosight team members attended the 5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design. At the Symposium we presented our work-in-progress related to the design and application of a bioeconomic model to agricultural household systems in Malawi. The Symposium provided an opportunity to share ideas, meet new and old colleagues, and keep up to >> Read more

BioSight Represented at ICAE 2015 Conference

Researchers, agronomists, and policy makers convened in Milan to attend the 2015 ICAE: Agriculture in an Interconnected World

NonCropShare Coordination Game

A coordination game for provision of insect-based ecosystem services NonCropShare is an experimental field game, played by four players, that investigates how choices to maintain non-crop habitat or employ pesticides shift in response to changes in incentives. It is a form of coordination game. NonCropShare is currently being employed in Cambodia, Vietnam, and China to evaluate >> Read more

Incorporating Gender into Bio-Economic Models

  Source: Africa Agri-Business The following paper is written by Marzia Fontana, of the London School of Economics, on the topic of gender and sustainable agricultural intensification. Adding Gender Dimensions to Bio-Economic Modelling: Insights from the Literature In this paper, the author describes a number of important considerations that should be borne in mind when thinking about how >> Read more

Upcoming Modelling Workshop in Washington DC

During the week of June 15th, 2015, collaborators on the BioSight project will be convening in Washington, DC, to conduct a one week workshop on bio-economic modelling. The focus will be on completing the first installment of the agricultural household model DAHBSIM (Dynamic Agricultural Household Bio-Economic Simulator). This model is the first major output of the >> Read more

Land Use Change and Agricultural Intensification

An initial output of the BioSight project is the following working paper by Junjie Wu and Man Li: Land Use Change and Agricultural Intensification Land use is a central component of efforts to increase food security while maintaining environmental quality of surrounding ecosystems. Land use will play a critical factor in meeting the world's future >> Read more

Integrating Institutions into Bio-Economic Modelling for Development

An initial output of the BioSight project is the following working paper: Integrating Institutions into Bioeconomic Modeling for Development Economic policies are central to the effort to foster sustainable development in many of the world's poor regions. It is widely acknowledged that economic activities have a major impact on the environment, and in turn the >> Read more