Category Archives: Agriculture & Food

M&E Review: LEI Impact Report on UTZ Certification in Côte d’Ivoire

My posts have become  infrequent due to grad school and now thesis writing (certification impacts on cacao producers’ net incomes in Côte d’Ivoire). UTZ Certified (UTZ) just released a report on cacao certification impacts (PDF) that’s very relevant to my thesis, … Continue reading

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Thesis Research Profile on UC Davis Website

UC Davis is running a series of profiles of graduate student research. The latest in the series focuses on four studies in the food sector. I’m humbled that it includes my thesis research on the costs and benefits of cacao … Continue reading

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Empirical Assessment of the System of Rice Intensification

Haven’t blogged in a while, as graduate school (M.S. in International Agricultural Development, UC Davis, with plans to add a second M.S in Agricultural and Resource Economics) has been pretty time consuming. For an assignment in a agronomic systems assessment … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Dominican Republic – Yamasá Region & Development Agencies

Welcome to blog #6 on my cacao trip to Grenada and the Dominican Republic (DR), covering visits to development agencies in Santo Domingo; and cacao development projects, YACAO (processor) and FEDOPO (producers) in Yamasá. 1/26/12: USAID-REDDOM. En route to  USAID, … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Dominican Republic – CONACADO Northwest

Here’s blog #5 on my cacao trip to Grenada and the Dominican Republic (DR), covering a visit the CONACADO cacao cooperative’s offices and northwestern producer communities. This is a bit long, as it’s meant to inform those interested in the … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Grenada – Cacao Enterprises & Other Sites

This is blog#3 on my Grenada-Dominican Republic cacao trip, highlighting my travels around Grenada, including visits to cacao/chocolate enterprises. (Part one covers my experience volunteering on a cacao farm.) Grenada is beautiful. Check out some photos of the natural environs here (scroll … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Grenada – Cacao Farm Stay

In mid-January, I stayed on a cacao farm in Grenada for a week to get involved in its daily operations and increase my understanding of producer/community dynamics. (See other posts for background on the purpose of the trip, and visits to cacao … Continue reading

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