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Capacity Building Seminars

Building the capacity of researchers is a core component of the MwAPATA mission. This page provides materials from seminars hosted by the Institute, given by experienced researchers covering a wide range of subjects. 

The Joys and Sorrows of Variable Construction
July 29, 2021




Dr. Ayala Wineman has extensive experience working with household survey data from around the world. For example, her team led the development of standardized variable construction across LSMS data sets for several countries and years. In this seminar she shares her experience of the "Joys and Sorrows" of variable construction.



Ali, D. A., K. Deininer, and A. Harris. 2017. Using national statistics to increase transparency of large land acquisition: Evidence from Ethiopia. World Development, 93: 62–74.

Ango, T. L. 2018. “Medium-scale” forestland grabbing in the Southwestern Highlands of Ethiopia: Impacts on local livelihoods and forest conservation. Land, 7 (1), DOI:10.3390/land7010024.

Anseeuw, W., Jayne, T., Kachule, R., and Kotsopoulos, J. 2016. The quiet rise of medium-scale farms in Malawi. Land, 5 (3): 19.

Bachewe, F. N., and B. Minten. 2020. Efficiency and profits of emerging medium-scale farms in Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia’s commercial horticultural sector. Strategy Support Program Working Paper 156. International Food Policy Research Institute: Washington, D. C.

Carletto, C., S. Gourlay, and P. Winters. 2015. From guesstimates to GPStimates: Land area measurement and implications for agricultural analysis. Journal of African Economies, 24 (5): 1-36.\

Deininger, K., and F. Xia. 2016. Quantifying spillover effects from large land-based investment: The case of Mozambique. World Development, 87: 227–241.

Houssou, N., A. Chapoto, and C. Asante-Addo. 2016. Farm transition and indigenous growth: The rise to medium- and large-scale farming in Ghana. Discussion Paper No. 01499. International Food Policy Research Institute: Washington, D.C.


Jayne, T. S., J. Chamberlin, L. Traub, N. Sitko, M. Muyanga, F. K. Yeboah, W. Anseeuw, A. Chapoto, A. Wineman, and C. Nkonde. 2016. Africa’s changing farmland ownership: The rise of medium-scale farms. Agricultural Economics, 47S: 197–214.


Jayne, T. S., M. Muyanga, A. Wineman, H. Ghebru, C. Stevens, M. Stickler, A. Chapoto, W. Anseeuw, D. Vanderwesthuisen, and D. Nyange. 2019. Are medium-scale farms driving agricultural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa? Agricultural Economics, 50 (S1): 75–95.


Jayne, T. S., M. Muyanga, J. Chamberlin, F. K. Yeboah, and A. Wineman. 2021. Changing farm size distributions and rural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. Mimeo. Michigan State University: East Lansing.


Lay, J., K. Nolte, and K. Sipangule. 2018. Large-scale farms and smallholders: Evidence from Zambia. GIGA Working Papers, No. 310. German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA): Hamburg.

Wineman, A., C. L. Anderson, T. Reynolds, and P. Biscaye. 2019. Methods of crop yield measurement on multi-cropped plots: Examples from Tanzania. Food Security, 11 (6): 1257–1273.


Wineman, A., T. S. Jayne, E. Isinika Modamba, and H. Kray. 2020. Characteristics and spillover effects of medium-scale farms in Tanzania. European Journal of Development Research, DOI: 10.1057/s41287-020-00323-7.


Wineman, A., T. Njagi, C. L. Anderson, T. Reynolds, D. Alia, P. Wainaina, E. Njue, P. Biscaye, and M. Ayieko. 2020. A case of mistaken identity? Measuring rates of improved seed adoption in Tanzania using DNA fingerprinting. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 71 (3): 719-741.

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