Knowledge for a sustainable world

B.Agric, MSc, PhD

Dr Olusegun (Segun) Fadare joined the Livelihoods and Institutions Department at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) in October 2023, assuming the role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Economics. He possesses expertise in agricultural and development economics, with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He later obtained his master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Agricultural and Food Economics from the University of Reading.

During his time at the University of Reading, Segun took on various roles. As an Associate Lecturer in the Agri-Food Economics and Marketing Department, he contributed to teaching and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate students within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development. Additionally, he served as a Research Assistant on several UKRI-GCRF projects. His research contributions encompassed projects on agriculture-nutrition in India and Nepal, as well as the sustainability of the soybean supply chain policies in Brazil under the Trade Hub Initiative.

Prior to joining the University of Reading, Segun worked as a Research Analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Nigeria. There, he spearheaded major research initiatives, coordinated fieldwork, and supervised IFPRI-Nigeria interns and local collaborators. Beyond his research, Segun was deeply involved in knowledge dissemination and capacity building. He trained researchers from Nigerian universities and government institutions, equipping them with policy analysis tools, including proficiency in Stata and CSPro for survey data collection.

Dr Fadare’s research spans over nine years and focuses on understanding the socioeconomic and institutional challenges affecting food and nutrition security in Africa. His interests further encompass exploring the relationship between conflict and key development outcomes in Africa. He was a co-investigator in the collaborative research under the Agricultural and Food Policy Analysis for Nutrition Outcomes in Africa (AFPON) Project, supported by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2018. He is committed to enhancing development results for women and children, particularly in conflict and climate-affected areas, through evidence-based policy research.

Presently, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NRI, Segun is part of a research team led by Professor Tilman Brück. The team is engaged in an investigation into the causal pathways linking violent conflict to violence against children in developing countries using multi-country secondary data. This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under their Secondary Data Initiative.

This aligns well with his recent research which explores themes such as the impact of livestock diversification in mitigating farmer-herder conflict effects on nutrition in Nigeria, the link between violent conflict, livestock assets, and mental health, and the effects of terrorism on livestock production decisions, among other topics.

Dr Fadare’s research interest and expertise are rooted in the intersection of agricultural economics and developmental concerns, specifically as they affect food and nutrition security within the African context. He employs both macro and micro data in investigating complex dynamics of socioeconomic and institutional factors that influence food and nutrition stability, especially in conflict and climate change vulnerable areas of Africa.

His ongoing research examines the underlying mechanisms that connect violent conflicts to violence against children in developing countries which is expected to  significantly enhance understanding of the dynamics and enduring impacts of violent conflict legacies in the developing world.

Dr Fadare’s research has been published in reputed, high-impact journals and he has served as a reviewer for journals including Food Security, Public Health Nutrition, and the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Key research themes are:

  • Agricultural production and household nutrition
  • Institutions and food security in Africa
  • Household resilience amidst disruptions related to climate, conflict, and Covid
  • Women and children’s development outcomes in low- and middle-income countries

2018 collaborative research of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) for the Agricultural and Food Policy Analysis for Nutrition Outcomes in Africa (AFPON) Project, supported by the Bill & Milinda Gates Foundation. Co-Investigator of a study titled “Effects of food price shocks on child undernutrition among agricultural households in Nigeria”.

Journal articles

  • Cassimon, D., Fadare, O., and Mavrotas, G. (2023) The impact of food aid and governance on food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. Sustainability, 15 (2), pp. 1417.
  • Fadare, O., Zanello, G., and Srinivasan, C. (2023) Stressor or succour? Examining the association between conflict, livestock assets, and farmers’ mental health in Nigeria. Economics & Human Biology, 49, pp. 101234. 
  • Fadare, O., Zanello, G., and Srinivasan, C. (2022) The joint effects of terrorism and land access on livestock production decisions: Evidence from northern Nigeria. World Development Perspectives, 27, pp. 100447.
  • Begho, T., Odeniyi, K., and Fadare, O. (2022) Toward acceptance of future foods: the role of trust and perception in consumption intentions of plant-based meat alternatives. British Food Journal. 125 (7), pp. 2392-2406.
  • Cassimon, D., Fadare, O., and Mavrotas, G. (2022) The combined effect of institutional quality and capital flows on food and nutrition security and undernourishment in sub-Saharan Africa. PLoS ONE 17 (10), pp. e0275345.
  • Cassimon, D., Fadare, O., and Mavrotas, G. (2021) Development finance, governance quality and their impact on food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. Review of Development Finance, 11 (2), pp. 1-17.
  • Ogunniyi, A.I., Mavrotas, G., Olagunju, K.O., Fadare, O., and Adedoyin, R. (2020). Governance quality, remittances and their implications for food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa. World Development, 127, pp. 104752.
  • Fadare, O., Amare, M., Mavrotas, G., Akerele, D., and Ogunniyi, A. (2019) Mother’s nutrition-related knowledge and child nutrition outcomes: Empirical evidence from Nigeria. PLoS ONE, 14 (2), pp. e0212775.
  • Fadare, O., Mavrotas, G., Akerele, D., and Oyeyemi, M. (2019) Micronutrient-rich food consumption, intra-household food allocation and child stunting in rural Nigeria. Public Health Nutrition, 22 (3), pp. 444-454.
  • Amare, M., Benson, T., Fadare, O., and Oyeyemi, M. (2018) Study of the determinants of chronic malnutrition in northern Nigeria: Evidence from the Nigeria Demographic and Health Surveys. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 39 (2), pp. 296-314.
  • Akerele, D., Sanusi, R.A., Fadare, O., and Ashaolu, O.F. (2017) Factors influencing nutritional adequacy among rural households in Nigeria: how does dietary diversity stand among influencers? Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 56 (2), pp. 187-203.

Book Chapter

  • Adebayo, O., Mistura, R., Mavrotas, G., Olagunju, K., Kabir, S.K., and Fadare, O. (2020) Delving Deeper into Child Poverty and its Drivers in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Multidimensional Approach for Nigeria. In: Lawson, D., Angemi, D., and Kasirye, I. (eds.) What Works for Africa’s Poorest Children: From Measurement to Action. Rugby, UK: Practical Action Publishing, pp. 95-115.

Working papers

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