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Dr Apurba Shee is a Business Development Economist and Associate Professor of Applied Economics in the Food and Markets Department at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI). Prior to joining NRI in August 2017, Apurba worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Tanzania for three years where he worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for Africa RISING projects in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Mali. At IFPRI, Apurba developed an innovative financial instrument, Risk-Contingent Credit and has led two research projects in Kenya. He was the PI and project leader for “Uptake and Evaluation of Innovative Insurance Linked Credit for Promoting Resilience and Livelihoods for Farmers in Kenya” funded by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the PI and project co-leader for “Satellite Technologies, Innovative and Smart Financing for Food Security (SATISFy)” funded through Global Resilience Partnership by Rockefeller Foundation and US Agency for International Development (USAID). Before that Apurba was a scientist (agricultural economist) with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Kenya for three years, where he worked on design and evaluation of index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) in arid and semi-arid regions of Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. Apurba also had five years’ experience as a development professional in promoting microfinance and livelihoods in Eastern India that stimulated his research interest in international agricultural development.

Apurba holds a M.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Penn State University. Apurba's main research interest lies in applied microeconomics, with a special interest in agricultural finance, development and applied econometrics. His research aims at evidence based policy interventions for agricultural development to increase resilience and reduce vulnerability for rural population. His research includes impact assessment of agricultural technologies using household-level survey data, design and development of microinsurance and microcredit instruments, productivity and efficiency analysis, and agri-food value chain analysis.

  • Agricultural Finance and Production Economics
  • Innovative microinsurance and risk-contingent credit instruments
  • Impact Evaluation of socio-economic programmes
  • Poverty, agricultural development and sustainable intensification
  • Agriculture and food value chain analysis
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Project leader and Principal Investigator, Uptake and Evaluation of Innovative Insurance Linked Credit for Promoting Resilience and Livelihoods for Farmers in Kenya, 2017-
  • Project co-leader and Principal Investigator, Satellite Technologies, Innovative and Smart Financing for Food Security (SATISFy), 2016 – Aug 2017
  • Monitoring and evaluation team member, Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) projects in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Mali.
  • Product design team member, Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) in arid and semi-arid regions of Northern Kenya
  • Rajandran, S., Afari-Sefa, V., Shee, A., Bekunda, M., Dominick, I. and Lukumy, P. (2017). Does crop diversity contribute to dietary diversity? Evidence from integration of vegetables into maize-based farming systems. Agriculture & Food Security. 6: 50.
  • Shee, Apurba and Stefanou, S. E. (2016). Bounded Learning-by-doing and Sources of Firm Level Productivity Growth in Colombian Food Manufacturing Industry. Journal of Productivity Analysis, 46(2): 185-197
  • Woodard, J., Shee, Apurba, and Mude, A. (2016) A Spatial Econometric Approach to Designing and Rating Scalable Index Insurance in the Presence of Missing Data, The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance-Issues and Practice, 41(2): 259-279
  • Shee, Apurba and Stefanou, S. E. (2015). Endogeneity Corrected Stochastic Production Frontier and Technical Efficiency. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 97(3): 939-952
  • Shee, Apurba, Turvey, C. G. and Woodard, J. A. (2015). Field Study for Assessing Risk-Contingent Credit for Kenyan Pastoralists and Dairy Farmers. Agricultural Finance Review 75 (3): 330-348
  • Vrieling, A., Meroni, M., Shee, A., Mude, A. Woodard, J. de Bie, Rambold, F. (2014). Historical Extension of Aggregated NDVI from Operational Products for Livestock Insurance in Kenya. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 28 (238-251).
  • Leeuw, J.D., Vrieling, A., Shee, A., Atzberger, C., Hadgu, K.M., Biradar, C., Keah, H., Turvey, C. (2014). The Potential and Uptake of Remote Sensing in Insurance: a review. Remote Sensing. 6, no.11: 10888-10912
  • Shee, Apurba and Turvey, C. G. (2012). Collateral Free Lending with Risk-Contingent Credit for Agricultural Development: Indemnifying Loans against Pulse Crop Price Risk in India. Agricultural Economics 43, 561-574

Responsibilities include implementation and delivery of externally funded projects Supervising PhD students and teaching some classes

  • Associate Editor – Agricultural Finance Review, 2015- Present
  • Member of the following international associations: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), International Association for Agricultural Economists (IAAE), American Economic Association (AEA)
  • Reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Applied Econometrics, World Development, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Finance Review, Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, AAEA Annual meeting 2017 contributed papers
  • Ford Foundation International Fellow, 2005
  • AIARD (Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development) Future Leaders Scholarship, 2009
  • Competitive International Tuition Grant-in-Aid, Penn State University, 2011
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture, 2011
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