Nassul Kabunga is a Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), out-posted to the IFPRI-Kampala Office. Nassul is an applied economist working at the intersection of agricultural economics, rural development and political economy, analyzing the impact and cost effectiveness of interventions geared towards reducing poverty as well as maternal and child malnutrition. His current research examines the role of participatory governance interventions on public service delivery, the role of biotechnology on improving household welfare and child nutrition as well as the empirical understanding of the interlinkages between interventions in agriculture, nutrition and health for improved maternal and childhood growth outcomes based on primary datasets. All of his research is based on experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluation methods to establish consistent causal-effect relationships.
Nassul Kabunga holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development from Goettingen University (in Germany) a MSc from Hannover University (in Germany), a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Mbarara University and a B.Sc. from Makerere University. Prior to joining IFPRI, he worked locally with microfinance institutions, Uganda local government and internationally with the International Labor Organization in Geneva and the University of Goettingen. He is also affiliated as an Evaluation Researcher for Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University.
Grants and Awards
- 2016: I received a grant of US $ 323,000 (through Makerere University) from Tufts University to conduct the endline survey of 3,600 households across rural Uganda to generate a panel for the Feed the Future Innovation Laboratory for Nutrition (ILN). I continue to attract US $~100,000 per annum from Tufts University to help support research activities in Uganda.
- 2016: As lead PI, received a grant of US $ 152,000 from Oxfam Novib to evaluate the effectiveness of a pasture seed delivery model for pastoralist farmers in Karamoja Sub-region, NE-Uganda.
- 2015: As lead PI, received a grant of US $20,000 from the international initiative for impact evaluations (3ie) to prepare a proposal to evaluate the effectiveness of Uganda’s new land policy on curbing land evictions and land conflicts.
- 2014: I received a grant of US $ 230,000 (and another US 80,000 through Makerere University) from Tufts University to conduct a follow-up study of 3,600 households across rural Uganda to generate a panel for the Feed the Future Innovation Laboratory for Nutrition.
- 2014: As lead PI, received a grant of US$ ~1 million over the next 3 years from International Initiative for Impact Evaluations (3ie) to conduct a rigorous impact evaluation of community advocacy forums (barazas) in Uganda.
- 2014: I as lead PI, received funding of US$ 25,000 from 3ie as seed money to prepare a proposal to evaluate the impact of community advocacy forums (Barazas) in Uganda.
- 2013: I received funding of US$ 35,000 from ILN through Tufts University to help analyze fruit and vegetable production and consumption patterns and its effect on household food security and maternal nutrition outcomes.
- 2013: Jointly with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) and Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture secured a grant of US$ ~5 million for 4 years from the Dutch Embassy in Uganda to support research on policy actions for sustainable intensification of cropping systems (PASIC)
- 2006: German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) – Carlo Schmid Program for Internship at International Labor Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland (6 months).
- 2004: German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) Scholarship to pursue MSc at the University of Hannover, Germany (2 years).
- 1998: Uganda Government Sponsorship to pursue BSc. Agriculture (Economics) at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (4 years)