Natural resource management

Paper: Unintended Consequences of Enforcement in a Cooperative Institution: Experimental Evidence from Tanzanian Fishers

Small-scale fisheries in developing countries employ the majority of the world's fishers and are a critical source of income and nutrition for billions of people, yet they frequently suffer from overfishing. The team explores the mechanisms by which this undesirable outcome arises and argue that institutional reform should consider that resource users make jointly determined decisions about gear choice, including illegal ones, and harvest rates.

Presentation: Scaling Foundational and Adapted Yield Gap Strategies

It is possible to utilize a combination of breeder input, meteorological data, farmer preference data and distributed yield data to develop are-specific variety recommendations.  Through ground-truth findings, trained field staff can provide fairly effective variety recommendations tailored to the farmers. This presentation is based on the AMA Innovation Lab projects for the Mind the Gap Workshop.

Paper: Disaster Risk, Social Vulnerability, and Economic Development

This paper examines the extent to which economic development decreases a country’s risk of experiencing climate-related disasters as well as the societal impacts of those events. The study finds that low-income countries are significantly more at risk of climate-related disasters, even after controlling for exposure to climate hazards and other factors that may confound disaster reporting.