Researching sustainable management of agriculture, forests, and biodiversity in a changing climate.
Professor Aker’s current work seeks to understand the impact of information technology on development outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the areas of agriculture, agricultural markets, adult education and financial inclusion. In the area of agriculture specifically, our research collaborates with NGOs and governments to understand the barriers to (and impacts of) the adoption of agricultural technologies, as well as design different interventions to address these barriers. Much of these research using impact evaluation approaches, any of these are impact evaluations — a type of evaluation whereby in which we work closely with development agencies, practitioners and the private sector in order to better understand the most effective strategies for reducing poverty.
The list of the research project in this area can be found here.