Researchers Awarded Best Publication of 2022 by AAEA for Study on Maize Productivity Impacts of Adaptive Breeding in Kenya
Tegemeo Institute of Egerton University have extended their congratulations to researchers Mary Mathenge and Timothy Njagi and their co-authoring team for being recognized with the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Africa Section Best Publication of 2022 Award.
The researchers won the first place prize for their paper titled “Filling the niche? The maize productivity impacts of adaptive breeding by a local seed company in Kenya.” The award recognizes and promotes relevant research to AAEA members and the African continent. The winners will be presented with their awards at the AAEA Annual Meeting, scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. in July 2023.
“It is my pleasure to inform you that two staff members from Egerton University at Tegemeo Institute have been nominated to receive a first prize award for best researcher paper, Africa Section, which they co-authored,” Said Prof. Gideon Obare, Director of Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development at Egerton University.
Prof Obare congratulated the researchers and praised their significant contribution to the field of agricultural economics. He highlighted that the researchers have set a high bar for future researchers to follow and have made a significant contribution to our understanding of how locally adapted seed varieties can enhance food security and productivity in Kenya and beyond.
The researchers have been recognized for their significant contribution to the field of agricultural economics. Their research on the impacts of adaptive breeding by a local seed company on maize productivity in Kenya sheds light on the importance of locally adapted seed varieties and their potential to increase productivity and enhance food security in the country.
The paper initially started as a working paper and was subsequently published in a journal. It can be accessed at https://www.nber.org/system/
files/working_papers/w27636/ w27636.pdf and https://www.sciencedirect.com/ science/article/pii/ S0304387822000517.
The researchers' work has received widespread acclaim from the scientific community, with many hailing it as a major breakthrough in the field of agricultural economics. The recognition from the AAEA is a testament to the quality and impact of their research, and it highlights the critical role that agricultural economics plays in addressing global challenges such as food insecurity and climate change.
Egerton University Director of Research, Prof Nancy Mungai, congratulated Mary Mathenge, Timothy Njagi, and their team for their achievement in winning the AAEA Africa Section Best Publication of 2022 Award.
Prof Mungai highlighted that the award reflects the university's commitment to excellence in research and innovation, and she encouraged the team to continue their excellent work in addressing the challenges of the agriculture sector. She also stated that the university will continue to provide a conducive environment for researchers to conduct groundbreaking research that contributes to sustainable development.
Mary Mathenge, Timothy Njagi, and their co-authoring team have expressed their gratitude for the award and the recognition it brings to their work. They are thrilled to receive this honor and hope that their research will continue to inspire and inform future research efforts in the field of agricultural economics.
The AAEA Africa Section Best Publication of 2022 Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes the outstanding achievements of researchers in the field of agricultural economics.
Story written: By Kurian Musa
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