Socioeconomic Issues in Developing Countries


The committee held a webinar on Wednesday, May 13 at 10 am – 12 pm EDT to gather information from invited speakers:

Samuel Timpo, Associate Director, African Biosafety Network of Expertise, New Partnership for Africa’s Development. bio

Samuel Timpo is the associate director of the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) and the socioeconomics specialist. ABNE is an initiative of the New Partnership for African Development. Previously, Mr. Timpo worked as a socioeconomist with the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission for almost 7 years. His areas of interest include biotechnology and biosafety, entrepreneurship, and transformational development. During his time with BNARI, Mr. Timpo served as the Ghana team leader for the USAID Program for Biosafety Systems and also as secretary to both the Country Advisory Group on Biosafety and the National Biosafety Committee. He was instrumental in the development of Ghana’s national biosafety frameworks and directly contributed to the development of a national biosafety communications strategy and biotechnology policy. Mr. Timpo earned a masters degree in agricultural economics from the University of Ghana, Legon. He also previously taught various courses including entrepreneurship, micro-enterprise development and management, agricultural economics, and agricultural finance and marketing at the University of Ghana, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, and the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences.

Matin Qaim, Professor of International Food Economics and Rural Development, University of Goettingen. bio

Matin Qaim is an agricultural economist and professor of international food economics and rural development at the University of Goettingen in Germany. Previously he was a professor at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart), a research team leader at the Center for Development Research (Bonn), and a research fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Qaim holds a doctoral degree from the University of Bonn. He has extensive research experience related to the economics of agricultural biotechnology with a focus on analyzing impacts in developing countries. Dr. Qaim has published widely in international scientific journals, including in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature Biotechnology. He is member of several scientific and policy advisory committees, including for the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Life Science Commission of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). He has also served on the boards of various international organizations and projects, including CIMMYT, Africa Harvest, and the Golden Rice Project.

Justus Wesseler, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy, Wageningen University. bio

Justus Wesseler holds the chair in Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has a Ph.D. in agricultural, environmental and natural resource economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. His research work is on the economics of biotechnology, value chain economics, and regulatory economics including issues related to coexistence. The major focus is on the contribution of value chains to improve sustainability and the impact of new technologies and regulations on the value chain in this respect. He was professor of agricultural and food economics and head of the Research Department of Agricultural Economics at the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan from 2011 to 2013 and is member of the International Consortium of Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR), co-editor of AgBioForum, and coordinator of the EU-funded project Practical Implementation of Coexistence in Europe (PRICE). His research work on the economics of the bioeconomy has been published in more than 100 contributions to peer reviewed journals and books.

The webinar is an information-gathering meeting for the committee in which the speakers are invited to provide input to the committee.

Presentations for each speaker start at the below timestamps:

  • Samuel Timpo: 00:05:38
  • Matin Qaim: 00:40:44
  • Justus Wesseler: 01:21:05

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