Hiroyuki Takeshima



Research Fellow

Hiroyuki Takeshima joined IFPRI in January 2009 as a postdoctoral fellow of IFPRI Nigeria office, and joined IFPRI Washington office as a research fellow in 2012. Hiroyuki has conducted research on market participation, transaction costs, agricultural technology adoption, biodiversity, and political economy of seed policies in sub-Saharan Africa. His recent research also focuses on the linkages between market and climatic risks and farmers’ investment, roles of modern production technologies such as irrigation, mechanization, fertilizer on agricultural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa.


Hiroyuki earned his PhD from Agricultural and Consumer Economics from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2008. Hiroyuki is a citizen of Japan.

Current Research:
- Agricultural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa
- Agricultural mechanization and irrigation
- Transaction costs and market participation
- Risks and agricultural investment
- Political economy on seed policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Selected Publications: • Sales locations of semi-subsistence cassava farmers in Benin: A heteroskedastic double selection model, Agricultural Economics 43(6), forthcoming.• Will they stay or will they go? The political influence of GM averse importing companies on biosafety decision makers in Africa. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, (2012).• Risks and farmers’ investment in productive assets in Nigeria. Agricultural Economics, (2012).• Pressure Group Competition and GMO Regulations in Sub-Saharan Africa – Insights from the Becker Model. Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, (2011). • Sensitivity of welfare effects estimated by an equilibrium displacement model: a productivity growth for semi-subsistence crops in a sub-Sahara African market with high market margin. Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development, (2011). • Prospects for development of genetically modified cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa, (2010).• Measuring the effect of transaction costs for investment in irrigation pumps: Application of unobserved stochastic threshold model to the case of Nigeria. African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, (2011).• Assessing input-specific knowledge gaps in characteristics of farmers’ demand – seed and irrigation technologies in Nigeria. African Journal of Agricultural Research, (2011).• Convergence in global food demand and delivery. Journal of Food Distribution Research, (2008).