Robert Andrade

Program Focus

Impact Assessment




Robert Andrade's primary research interest is impact assessment of technological change in agriculture. Robert is also interested in evaluating changes in rural household livelihood strategies, well-being, and agricultural production due to climate change effects. The overarching goal of his research is to design better policy and coping strategies for rural households in less-developed regions of the world. Robert is currently working toward his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota where he is a graduate research assistant, jointly for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and InSTePP. One target outcome of his time at InSTePP is to inject HarvestChoice methods and data into research strategy analyses and deliberations in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Robert is also investigating the impacts of the uptake of improved rice varieties and updating and reassessing the evidence on the rates of return to agricultural research in LAC. Prior to his arrival at the University of Minnesota, he obtained his master's degree in agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech and his graduate degree in economics at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito. For the past decade he worked closely with national and international agricultural research institutes through his former position as an impact assessment officer at CIAT.