Project Team

The BioSight project is currently funded by the CGIAR Consortium’s research program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM)—and encompasses its research area on technology adoption and sustainable intensification. It also supports IFPRI’s research pillar on ‘ensuring sustainable food production’ and is based within the Environment and Production Technology Division.

The project began by capitalizing on IFPRI’s own community of expertise and its long-standing partnerships among CGIAR center scientists. These collaborations are being employed to help conceptualize the framework described above and to develop the data and analytical tools that represent the core of this project. This includes collaboration with IFPRI’s Global Futures program and PIM’s Flagship 1 (Technological Innovation and Sustainable Intensification), and other key CGIAR research programs.

The following are the main team members for BioSight:

Siwa Msangi is a Senior Research Fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division, and co-leads IFPRI's research theme 1, which focuses on the major socio-economic and bio-physical drivers affecting agricultural production and trade, and their impacts on nutrition, poverty and the environment. While a great deal of his current research activity focuses on the economic and environmental impacts of biofuels, Siwa has a broader research background in natural resource management -- especially that of surface and groundwater management policy. Siwa also has interests in quantitative dynamic economics and the application of dynamic game theory to the study of user behavior in natural resource settings.

Adam Komarek joined the International Food Policy Research Institute in 2014 as a Research Fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division. His current research focuses on developing and applying bio-economic models to test outcomes and trade-offs associated with sustainable agricultural intensification. Adam holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture both from the University of Sydney (2008 and 2004, respectively).

James Hawkins joined IFPRI in September of 2014 as a Senior Research Assistant in the Environment and Production Technology Division. His research focus is on developing and implementing bio-economic models to address issues related to the sustainability of agricultural production. Prior to joining IFPRI, James completed a M.Sc. in Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) in 2014. His thesis used bio-economic modelling to identify cost effective greenhouse gas mitigation strategies in the Ontario dairy sector. Prior to this, James completed a B.A. (Honours) Economics in 2012, also from the University of Guelph.

Miroslav Batka was a Research Analyst in the Environment and Production Technology Division up until 2015.

Guillermo FlichmanIAMM

Hatem BelhouchetteIAMM

Sophie DrogueINRA

Roza Chenoune, IAMM

Wajid Nasim Jatoi, IAMM, and CIIT-Vehari-Pakistan

In addition to the above team members, BioSight has established a number of important partnerships that we will continue to build upon as we extend the scale and scope of the project to address important issues of SI across relevant regions and agro-ecological zones.

Listed below are a few examples of the kind of partnerships that have taken shape within the course of the BioSight project:

Partner organization Nature of collaboration
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (IAMM) Building a household-farm bioeconomic model that can capture the key tradeoffs around sustainable intensification of agriculture and examine the impacts across various farm-household types
George Mason University Working with the computational behavior research group to establish innovative agent-based modeling techniques
ILRI Building a better representation of livestock systems into our micro- and macro-level modeling
University of Kassel Improving the modeling of land use across crops and livestock, using the LANDSHIFT model
University of California at Davis Developing an economic modeling training package, which encompasses models of farm production, water usage, and multi-market interactionsAlso engaged in looking at the implications of intensification at the forest margins in Latin America (particularly the Brazilian Amazon and key biomes in Argentina)
Oregon State University Analyzing the state-of-the-art in land use modeling
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Working with key researchers to construct a better set of environmental indicators around agricultural intensification to use in modeling
Fisheries Center, University of British Columbia Building modeling linkages to explore the environmental implications of aquaculture expansion and intensification of marine fish production