Apurba Shee is an Associate Research Fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He is a member of IFPRI’s HarvestChoice team, based in Arusha, Tanzania, works as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for Africa RISING projects in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Mali. Prior to joining IFPRI in 2015, Apurba was an agricultural economist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for three years, where he worked on design and evaluation of index-based livestock insurance in arid and semi-arid regions of Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia.
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, and analysis of productivity and efficiency in agriculture. Apurba received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Penn State University in May 2012 and holds a Masters in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. His research interest in agricultural development was stimulated by his five years professional experience in promoting microfinance and livelihoods in Eastern India.