Mywish Maredia

Mywish Maredia

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Ph.D.: Michigan State University
M.A.: University of Bombay
B.A.: University of Bombay

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Mywish Maredia is fixed-term professor of Development Economics in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, and Interim Co-Director of the department’s Food Security Group. Her research has focused on the economic impacts of agricultural R&D, technology adoption, farmer willingness to pay for quality inputs, seed system transformation, agrifood system transformation with a focus on diet change and its implications on nutrition, and the economics of science and technology policies. She has led several research initiatives in Africa, Asia and Central America involving field experiments and extensive data collection. Her research on impact evaluation has focused on a wide range of topics, including land titling, nutrition and value chain, information and communication technologies (ICT), scaling up adoption of agricultural technologies, and the assessment of technology transfer models (extension). 

Mywish has worked as a consultant with many international organizations, served as the Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy from 2016-2020, Associate Director of the USAID funded Bean/Cowpea and Dry Grain Pulses CRSP (later renamed as the Legume Innovation Lab) from 2000-2009, and as a member of the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of the CGIAR’s Science Council from 2006-2011. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in 1994 from the American Agricultural Economics Association (now known as Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

She is working on several grant funded research initiatives on a variety of topics and geographical regions (See Dr. Maredia’s CVgoogle scholar profile, and ORCID ID).

Research Interests

  • Methods and approaches to evaluate impacts of increasing productivity, food security, nutrition enhancement and poverty reduction strategies
  • Producer and consumer preference elicitation using experimental methods
  • Economics of agricultural R&D and the adoption of improved technologies
  • Seed system transformation issues and policies in developing countries
  • Testing new methods of data collection in developing countries

Geographic Focus

Numerous countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso), Asia (Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Central Asia), and Latin America (e.g., Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Colombia).


  • Currently major professor for 9 AFRE graduate students. See Dr. Maredia’s CV (link above) for details on current and past advisees.
  • View Dr. Maredia’s advisees theses and dissertations.
  • Also currently working with many researchers from Africa, Asia and Central America on collaborative research projects.