Paswel Marenya was a Borlaug LEAP Fellow in 2006-07 during which he researched on his doctoral dissertation on how returns to fertilizer use are mediated by underlying soil quality and why fertilizer intensification on smallholder farms should be based on a broader natural resources management on-farm. Currently, Paswel is an economist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. His research at CIMMYT focuses on the analysis of pathways and impacts of technology adoption among smallholder maize farmers within the framework of sustainable intensification. Before CIMMYT, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in Washington DC. He has published on natural resource mediated poverty traps among maize farmers in Kenya, farmer policy preferences for supporting technology adoption among maize farmers in Malawi and on understanding the most effective means for upscaling new maize varieties and farming technologies.
2006 Fellow, Spring
Department & Degree:
Applied Economics and Management, PhD
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CGIAR Mentor Institution:
International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Modeling soil fertility replenishment investment behavior in the western Kenyan highlands