Dr Amin Mugera
Understanding the drivers of farm profitability, productivity and efficiency allows us to design public policies that use resources well and improve the welfare of people in the rural economy.Dr. Amin Mugera
Dr Amin Mugera’s research is at the intersection of agricultural economics, development economics, and agribusiness. Dr Mugera’s research addresses policy issues in agricultural development using a combination of mathematical programming and econometric methods. He has used farm household-level data to investigate drivers of farm labour productivity and farm profitability in the United States, the effect of farm debt on managerial performance of broadacre farms in Western Australia, and groundwater use efficiency of smallholder producers in Punjab, Pakistan. Dr Mugera is currently working on a project to develop the capacity of Early Career Researchers in sub-Saharan Africa to conduct empirical research and produce evidence-based policies to address productivity related challenges in the agricultural sector. Dr Mugera’s research has been published in prominent peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, and Food Policy among others.
- BSc. Agribusiness Management, Egerton University
- MS. Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Michigan State University
- PhD. Economics (spec in Production Economics/finance), Kansas State University
Theme Leader of the Agribusiness Ecosystem program at the UWA Institute of Agriculture.
Designed and provided executive training courses in agribusiness development and productivity analysis.
Research published in leading international journals
Developed and coordinated several postgraduate units in agricultural economics and international development
Short-term debt enhances Western Australia's farm productivity
Policy interventions that enable farmers to have access to short-term debt would improve technical efficiency of Western Australian broad acre farms, according to a study from The University of Western Australia.Read more
Enhanced productivity analysis presents African researchers with better tools to guide policy
The challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa are many, but none as potentially damaging for food security, livelihoods and economic growth as unproductive agriculture and inefficient value chains.Read more
Teaching and supervisor opportunities
Dr Mugera has supervised several PhD and Master’s degree students to completion. Dr Mugera is currently a Senior Lecturer and the Unit Coordinator of the following undergraduate and Master’s level units:
- AGRI5402 Agribusiness
- ECON3300 Agricultural Economics and Marketing
- ECON5002 Agriculture and Economic Development
- ECON5510 Consumer Behaviour and Demand Analysis
2018 - 2021
Australia Africa University Network
- Performance Measurement for Social Scientists in Agriculture: Theory and Practice
- Mugera, A., and Mburu J.