Agricultural and Resource Economics

USAID and UC Davis to Establish World's First Index Insurance Quality Certification in East Africa

September 05, 2018

High-quality agricultural index insurance has shown promise in promoting resilience among small-scale farmers who face a constant risk of drought and other weather-related shocks. However, despite decades of investments this tool has yet to achieve its broadest impact in part because of low-quality contracts that don’t reliably pay farmers for losses and that sometimes pay when there are none. 

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Faculty and students in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics study the production, distribution, and consumption of food, fiber, and energy in both well-developed and less-developed countries.

UC Davis Nutrition Proposal has ‘Transformative Potential’ for Haiti

June 22, 2017

Economists and nutritionists advise fortifying nation’s wheat supply

She aspires to provide nutritious food to every malnourished child; he wants to do so as efficiently as possible. Together, they and their UC Davis team and in-country collaborators have won global recognition for their proposals to help boost Haiti out of poverty.

Climate Change May Cut Cereal Yield

May 19, 2017

Technological advances could offset loss

Climate change will likely cause wheat and barley yields to decline by 17 to 33 percent by the end of the century, predicts a new statistical model developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Cornell University.

China’s Shrinking Rice Yield

March 14, 2017

Ozone pollution threatens rice crop; researchers see hope

High levels of surface ozone are damaging rice yields at an alarming rate in China, the world’s largest agricultural producer and one of its most polluted nations, report researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in China.

For the first time, the research team identified a specific stage of the rice plant’s development as being vulnerable to ozone pollution, which they warn has the potential to impact the international rice market and compromise global food security.