Finished Projects

Better coffee harvest projetc: El Salvador and Nicaragua (2018)

Research Coordinators

Anders Fredriksson - USPCarolina Segovia - USPSylvia Saes - USP

Sponsor

TechnoServe
Project description
This report presents the results of the final evaluation of the Better Coffee Harvest project. The project was conducted by TechnoServe and financed by USAID, The J.M. Smucker Company and the PIMCO Foundation. Better Coffee Harvest was a four-year initiative that was carried out in El Salvador and Nicaragua and aimed to increase the coffee yields and coffee sales of more than 6000 smallholder producers. The project sought to foster resilience by strengthening farmers’ productive capabilities, providing access to inputs and facilitating linkages with other support services, while encouraging farmers’ inclusion in coffee markets. The project established specific targets for the number of coffee producers to be trained and the percentage increase of coffee sales and yields to be obtained, among other objectives.
Purpose of the evaluation: The purpose of the final evaluation is to provide TechnoServe and other interested parties with an external and independent evaluation, including recommendations for the conduction of future projects. The evaluation sought to understand the results of the project in relation to the objectives established and analyzes the extent to which the different interventions undertaken to change farmer behavior led to changes in the key project indicators.

A evolução do agronegócio brasileiro (2017)

Research Coordinators

Sylvia Saes - USPBruno Varella Miranda - INSPERSilvia Caleman - UFMS

Sponsor

Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos - APEX

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Gender in agriculture (2016)

Research Coordinator

Sylvia Saes - USP

Researchers

Paula Sarita Bigio Schnaider - USP
Paula Macchione Saes - UNICAMP
Project DescriptionThis research aims to investigate the issue of gender in the Brazilian agricultural sector from a review of public policies and cases in order to adopt the Solidaridad Latinoamericana Foundation operating strategy.

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Energy scarcity, transformational growth in food supply chains, and poverty reduction: Brazil, China and India (2015)

Researchers

Alexandre Nicolella - USPSylvia Saes - USPCarolina C. Aguiar - USPCaroline Foscaches - USPMatheus S. de Lima - USPLuiza Meneguelli - USP

Sponsor

International Food Policy Research Institute
Project DescriptionFinal Project: Energy Scarcity, Food Supply Chain Transformation, and Poverty Reduction in Emerging Economies: the Case of Brazil, China, and India
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Foundations of heterogeneity: analysys of the firm´s performance with similar endowment (2015 – 2018)

Research Coordinator:Sylvia Saes - USP
Sponsor FAPESP

Project description
The main goal of this research Project is to understand the foundations of heterogeneity among economic organizations. In doing so, we intend to analyze the decisions of rural settlers located in Pirituba, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.
The main advantage of this specific setting is related to its experience characterization, since settlers have access to a similar initial endowment (land), but may present different organizational forms. Specifically, we observe the existence of three different forms across settlers: (i) cooperative production; (ii) cooperative trade and (iii) individual firms. Based on this scenario, we want to answer the following questions: what are the foundations of heterogeneity across settlers? Do differences in organizational forms lead to different implications in terms of behavior?
In doing so, we want to develop micro foundations for strategic behavior based on how human action and interaction affect collective phenomena. To answer this question, we propose three different subprojects, related to the following themes: (1) Institutions and Organizations, where we try to understand historical aspects of settlements and the emergence of distinct organizational forms; (2) Heterogeneity Micro foundations, where we relate cognitive and motivational aspects to horizontal and vertical decisions; (3) Heterogeneity and Performance, where different forms of organization (vertical and horizontal) can affect firms’ performance. In terms of method, we employ a variety of interdisciplinary approaches: ethnographic, econometric, experimental, survey and interviews. In theoretical terms, our approach is mainly based on Nicolai Foss’ Resource Theory this project’s main researcher.


Strategic planning for supply chain cachaça (2013- 2014)

Research Coordinators
Sylvia Saes - USP
Fernando de Cesare Kolya - USP

Sponsor
Instituto Brasileiro da Cachaça - IBRAC

Project description
In recent decades, Brazilian agricultural chains have undergone profound changes in the global competitive environment. Such changes reflected in the increase of the attractiveness of the Brazilian market, resulting in the entry of large companies in the domestic market and the configuration of a new standard of competition. This new dynamic points to new perspectives for various sectors that were born totally focused on the domestic market, with the emergence of initiatives to insert products with greater added value in the domestic and global markets. (Study in portuguese)

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Cases studies in plural forms – CNRS/FAPESP (2011 -2014)

Main Researchers
Claude Ménard - University of Paris - Panthéon SorbonneSylvia Saes - USPVivian Lara dos Santos Silva - USPEmmanuel Raynaud - University of Paris - Panthéon Sorbonne
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Project description
In the business firms adopt a plurality of organizational forms to conduct transactions between suppliers, clients and competitors.https://doi.org/10.1002/mde.2935https://www.grupogen.com.br/challenges-to-economic-organization

Preferences of coffee farmers to adopt environmental regulations - Institut National de la Recherce Agronomique – INRA (2013 – 2014)

Main Researchers


Sylvaine Lemeilleur - INRASylvia Saes - USPJulie Subervie - INRARoberta Souza - USP

Project description


Objective
To estimate planters' willingness to adapt their cropping systems to climate changes through the provision of ecosystem services.
MethodsChoice modeling approach or the choice experiment approach to coffee growers in Brazil, the biggest producer in the world.

Building institutional capabilities for productive development policies – IDB – Research Department (2014)

Research Coordinator
Paulo Furquim Azevedo - USP

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