Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.S., & M.A., University of Iowa
B.Sc. Hons., University of Jos, Nigeria

Assistant Professor

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 211B
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 432 5418, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



Biographical Information

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie joined the department at MSU as an assistant professor in January 2012. She is appointed in the tenure system.  Her current research focuses on differential effects of policies and poverty reduction strategies on farmer behavior and welfare.  This includes accounting for the potentially different marginal benefits of reducing agricultural production constraints; largely credit and information.

Her current work looks at the differential effect of social networks on technology adoption and bargaining power, given household poverty status. Saweda’s current research also looks at strategies to improve efficient fertilizer access and use in developing countries.  Her research has looked at using asset poverty measures to better understand the dynamics of rural poverty and its effect on the behavior of farmers.

Before coming to MSU, she was a Post Doctoral fellow at The International Food Policy Research Institute.  She received her PhD in Agriculture and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning and an MA in Third World Development, both from The University of Iowa. Her research work on poverty and international development has taken her to several states in the USA, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.   Saweda was a Norman Borlaug Fellow in 2007, during which she spent over 10 months in Ethiopia doing research.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Poverty reduction strategies
  • Social networks
  • Agricultural input markets
  • Food security and agricultural productivity