The course aims at presenting and training members on the MIRAGRODEP-AEZ model built at IFPRI under the Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI), in partnership with the Center for Development Research (ZEF)-University of Bonn.
Applications for this series will be accepted until October 14, 2016. Course outline and description are subject to change.
The goal of the PARI project is to support the scaling of agricultural innovation through science and technology by means of dedicated cooperation between research and application. The program covers the twelve following countries: Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia and Zambia.
Under PARI, AGRODEP contributes to the accompanying research with outlook and future oriented impact analyses and the design and assessment of technological and institutional innovations. The specific tasks coordinated by AGRODEP, supported by IFPRI are:
- the development of a core GIS based tool (e-Atlas) for the visualization of a list of agriculture, socioeconomic, basic biophysical and climate data
- the elaboration for each country of a rural typology of micro-regions to identify micro-regional level opportunities, bottlenecks and investment gaps
- the design of an analytical framework to implement the technological scenarios for the project through economic modeling.
To assess technological innovations impact on agricultural growth and food security, IFPRI has designed a new and customized model, MIRAGRODEP-AEZ, based on the MIRAGRODEP Computable General Equilibrium model already available on AGRODEP model library. The MIRAGRODEP-AEZ will work at the sub national level (using agro ecological zones). The aim is to make a link with both the typology data and the crop models being developed by ZEF.
The training will consist of learning how to use the MIRAGRODEP-AEZ model on a step by step basis with real examples from Ghana.
The training will cover three days as follows
The MIRAGRODEP MODEL
Designing MIRAGRODEP for PARI: MIRAGRODEP-AEZ
Scenarios for PARI
Presentation of the core MIRAGRODEP model: equations, data and closure rules
Theoretical modifications for the PARI project
Presentation of typology scenarios
Scenarios for Ghana: implementation and discussion of results
Running basic scenarios with MIRAGRODEP
Presentation of the scenarios from the crop models
Customizing the model for a specific country: data issues
Next steps and strategies for the remaining PARI countries
It is expected that candidates have an advanced level of microeconomic theory.
Ideally candidates should have previous experience with CGE modeling with GAMS. Those who attended previous AGRODEP trainings in CGE modeling are highly encouraged to participate.
In order to apply for this course, AGRODEP members must complete the following by October 14, 2016: