Professor Boris E. Bravo-Ureta received the Research Excellence Award from the American Association of University Professors in a ceremony at the State Capitol Building in Hartford on April 6th. (Pictured at left with state senator Tony Guglielmo).
Boris has been a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics since 1980. His area of expertise is the economics of agricultural production and development, and recently he has focused on impact evaluation of development projects in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as on productivity growth and climate change. Over the years he has coordinated a variety of activities in many countries including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Dubai, Egypt, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, and several Central American countries. His most recent research project is titled “Productivity and Profitability Growth in Peanut Production: A Farm Level Analysis in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia” for which he has recently received $350,000 on research support from USAID’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control (PMIL). His goal for this project is to boost productivity growth in groundnut farming systems in order to increase food safety, food security, and farm income in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Ghana.
Boris’ work has been funded by many institutions including the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, and State, just to name a few. His work is recognized by experts around the world as well as those around the state of Connecticut. Congratulations Boris for receiving the AAUP Research Excellence Award.