Aliou Diagne



Position held:

Impact Assessment Economist

Year of Employment:

July 2000


Ph.D, 1994. Double Major, Department of Agricultural Economics and Department of Economics; Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
M.A. Economics, 1991, Michigan State University.
M.S. Agricultural Economics (Minor in Statistics), 1990, Michigan State University.
Advanced Diploma in the foundations of Economic Sciences (Summa Cum Laude), 1987, The Economics Institute, Boulder, Colorado.
B.A. Applied Mathematics, 1985, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar Senegal.

Specialization/Expertise: Economic Development, Econometrics, Consumer and Production Economics, Micro finance, Impact Assessment


2000 to present, Impact Assessment Economist,  Africa Rice Center, Cotonou, Benin
1997 -2000, Visiting Research Fellow, Food Consumption and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), N.W. Washington D.C.
1994 1996. Rockefeller Post-doctoral Fellow, the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C. Out-posted at the UNICEF/IFPRI Training and Research Capacity Building project at Bunda College of Agriculture, Lilongwe Malawi.
1993 to 1994: Graduate Research Assistant under the Food Security Project of the Department of Agricultural Economics Michigan State University.(MSU).
1992 to 1993: Dissertation field research in Senegal.
1992 Graduate Research Assistant at MSU and Research Assistant at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C.
1990 to 1991: Graduate Research Assistant under the Food Security Project of the Department of Agricultural Economics Michigan State University.

Major Achievements:

• Has been leading the implementation of NERICA adoption and impact studies in 9 West African countries , with NERICA adoption and impact data now available for 3 countries
• Has developed a novel methodology that enables one to assess the intrinsic merit of a new technology in terms of its potential demand and adoption by the target population independently of dissemination and access to the technology issues.
• Has trained over a dozen of NARS researchers and students in Impact Assessment methods and tools.
• Has developed two general-purpose and easy to use Stata estimation modules for impact assessment and estimation of adoption models.
• Has implemented an action-oriented research in Malawi for IFPRI that has led to several referred publications and to significant changes in the operations of MRFC, the main rural credit institution in Malawi, which have been documented in an independent evaluation of the Impact of IFPRI research in Malawi:
• Has won numerous awards: Honorable Mention, American Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Dissertation Award (1995), Rockefeller Social Science Fellowship (1994), International Leadership Program Fellow , Michigan State University (1991), Thoman Fellow , Michigan State University (1990), Master Thesis Distinction Award, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University (1990), USAID scholarship (1986), and a Third place award in the 1980 "Concours général Sénégalais", section philosophy of sciences (a national competition for high school seniors, sponsored by the head of state).