Bola Amoke Awotide, Postdoctoral Scientist - Agricultural Economics, joined WorldVeg in June 2017 at the West and Central Africa – Dry Regions office in Bamako, Mali. She has extensive experience in the design of comprehensive household and community surveys to study gender and agricultural resource management and has developed econometric models linking the adoption of improved maize varieties to changes in livelihoods in Africa. She received a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2013.
Nithya Gowdru Vishwanath, Postdoctoral Scientist - Agricultural Economics and CIM Returning Expert, joined the Center on 18 July 2017 for a two-year term in the Hyderabad office. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Humboldt University in Berlin. Nithya is working on the BMZ-funded "Resist, Detect, Protect" project to characterize smallholder tomato and chili pepper systems in Bangladesh and India to identify suitable impact pathways for insect resistant varieties and pest management practices. She will also work on a mungbean adoption study for India and support the GIZ-funded Green Innovation project.