Thomas S. Jayne
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Faculty MemberJustin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 317C
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
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Thomas Jayne is University Foundation Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University and Co-Director of the Alliance for African Partnership, a university-wide initiative to promote long-term collaborations with African research and policy organizations. Jayne is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He has mentored dozens of young African professionals and played a major role in building MSU’s partnerships with African agricultural policy research institutes. In 2017, he became the Flagship Co-Leader of the CGIAR Policies, Institutions and Markets research program on Economy-wide Factors Affecting Agricultural Growth and Rural Transformation. Over the past decade, he has received six research excellence awards, including the 2009 Outstanding Article Award in Agricultural Economics and the 2017 AAEA Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis. He is currently working on:
- Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy: Malawi
- Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy: Zambia
- Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa - GISAIA
- Kenya - Tegemeo Agricultural Policy Research and Analysis Project - TAPRA II.
Current Research Interests
- Agricultural and economic transformation in Africa. For example:
- Jayne, T.S., Jordan Chamberlin & Rui Benfica (2018). Africa's Unfolding Economic Transformation, Journal of Development Studies, 54(5), 777-787.
- Yeboah, Kwame, and T. S. Jayne (2018). Africa’s Evolving Employment Trends,Journal of Development Studies, 54(5), 803-832.
- Jayne, T.S. and Lulama Ndibongo Traub. 2016. Megatrends Transforming Africa’s Food Systems. Foreign Affairs, special edition on African Farmers in the Digital Age, February 2016.
- The causes and consequences of changing farm size distributions in Africa. For example:
- Jayne, T. S., Chamberlin, J. B., Sitko, N., Traub, L. N., Yeboah, F., Muyanga, M., Answeeuw, W., Chapoto, A., Wineman, A. Y., Nkonde, C., & Kachule, R. 2016. Africa's changing farm size distribution patterns: the rise of medium-scale farms. Agricultural Economics, Volume 47(S1), 197-214.
- Wineman, A., and T. S. Jayne. (2018). Land prices heading skyward? An analysis of farmland values across Tanzania. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 39(3), https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/ppx038
- Jayne, T.S., Jordan Chamberlin, Derek D. Headey (2014). Land pressures, the evolution of farming systems, and development strategies in Africa: A synthesis. Food Policy, 48, 1-17.
- Sustainable intensification in Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular focus on strategies for promoting the effective use of fertilizers on smallholder farms. For example:
- Jayne, Thomas; Mason, Nicole; Burke, William J.; and Ariga, Joshua (2018). Taking stock of Africa’s second-generation agricultural input subsidy programs. Food Policy, 75 (February), p. 1-14.
- Mason, N. M., Jayne, T. S., & van de Walle, N. (2017). The Political Economy of Fertilizer Subsidy Programs in Africa: Evidence from Zambia. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 99(3): 705–731.
- Jayne, Thomas S. and Shahidur Rashid (2013). Input Subsidy Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Synthesis of Recent Evidence. Agricultural Economics, 44(6), 547-562.