Paswel Marenya joined the IFPRI in March 2010 as a postdoctoral fellow. His research runs through three interrelated strands on rural development. The first is on how to create publicly supported but market-mediated incentive systems for smallholder farmers to make investments in natural resources for increased productivity and climate risk mitigation and adaptation. The other thread of his research covers the role of natural resources (especially agricultural soil resources) in creating poverty traps and policy options for breaking these traps through soil nutrient recapitalization of degraded farmlands in sub-Saharan Africa. Thirdly, he works on impact evaluation frameworks for assessing the development outcomes agricultural interventions.
Paswel graduated from Cornell University with MS and PhD degrees in applied economics and natural resources policy and management respectively. He also holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nairobi.