Nazaire Houssou is an agricultural economist and postdoctoral fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSGD), which he joined in 2012. Nazaire received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany in 2010, and holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences from the same University (2004). He also earned a Diplôme d’Ingénieur Agronome from the Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Benin (2000). Before joining IFPRI, Nazaire was a Research Analyst at R. A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. (Edmonton, Canada) where he managed various socio-economic projects and assisted in statistical and econometric analyses. Nazaire also worked as a Research Assistant in the Poverty Research Group of the University of Goettingen (Goettingen, Germany) and performed the same role at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart, Germany). Prior to that, Nazaire worked as a Project Officer in a Benin Government and IFAD-funded development project (PAGER) aiming at eradication poverty and food insecurity through agricultural and rural development in Southern Benin.
His research interests include the analysis of agricultural and rural development issues, such as poverty, food insecurity, indebtedness, and governance. Nazaire is primarily interested in exploring the links between economic growth, poverty and agricultural development as well as the design, implementation, and evaluation of pro-poor development strategies. Recently, Nazaire evaluates the poverty outreach of various safety net and development programs (free/subsidized food, nutrition programs, health care, education, agricultural inputs, food-for-work) in Malawi and develops an indicator-based system for targeting the poor and smallholder farmers in the country.