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

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

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

Modelling Steady State Irrigated Production

Source: WNO An initial output of the BioSight project is the following paper by Richard Howitt, Duncan MacEwan, and Siwa Msangi. Modeling Steady-State Irrigated Production The practices that are typically associated with having increased the productivity of agriculture are crop selection, cultivation, irrigation, and rotation. In the past century, the first three practices have bloomed >> Read more

Gender Dimensions of Agricultural Innovation Awareness and Adoption

Source: IFAD An initial output of the BioSight project is the following working paper: Gender Dimensions of Agricultural Innovation Awareness and Adoption Researchers and stakeholders are becoming increasingly attuned to the role that gender plays in economic policies and development. Traditionally, researchers made implicit assumptions that households pooled resources and made collective decisions as a single >> Read more

Agent Based Models in Natural Resource Management

  As one of the initial outputs of the BioSight project, Andrew Bell, Derek Robinson, Ammar Malik, and Snigdha Dewal authored a working paper on the use of agent based models (ABMs) in the field of natural resource management: Modular Agent Based Model Development in Natural Resource Management for Improved Dissemination and Training. Andrew Bell, >> Read more

Bio-Economic Models: State of the Art and Key Priorities

  An initial output of the BioSight project is the following working paper written by Guillermo Flichman and Thomas Allen: Bio-Economic Modeling: State of the Art and Key Priorities. Guillermo Flichman, Thomas Allen Bio-economic models are models that combine bio-physical components, often related to crop, soil or livestock, with economic mathematical programming models. The development >> Read more