I am doing development and environmental economics and my work has essentially been focused on natural resource management and the Western African agricultural sector. It has, more recently, been oriented towards forestry and deforestation in developing countries.
I am especially interested in weather events, their impacts and the design of weather index-based insurances with high density rainfall stations networks or remote sensing derived products. In this context, I tested the interest of rainfall indices applied to millet, maize and cotton productions, respectively in South West Niger, Burkina Faso and Northern Cameroon.
I also studied cotton policies in Sub-Saharan Africa, looking for a supply side response to institutional reforms.
Both topics are related since they try to understand how a lack of credit and insurance could hinder agricultural development and how to overcome this problem. The first try to fill this gap by understanding the lack of access to insurance market (potentially allowing farmers to get credit at lower price and fostering technology adoption). The latter shows how coordination among actors in a cash crop market helps supplying input credit and hedging against international price variations.
Beside the agricultural sector, I also have been interested in informal activities and the labour market, which was my first step into development economics. Regarding those issues I wrote 2 papers, the first on the French home services reform (master thesis in French, cf. academic work) and the endogenous impact of formal training in Senegal and Kenya manufacturings.
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with B. Sultan et E. Gerardeaux, (IRD, fiche d'actualité).
with C. Delpeuch et B. Shepherd, (The Guardian, Global Development Professionals Network).