Edward Mabaya

Edward Mabaya

  • Senior Research Associate

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Faculty Expertise

  • Applied Economics
  • Emerging Markets
  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • International and Development Economics and Policy
  • Seed Systems
  • Digital Agriculture
  • Africa


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management



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Dr. Edward Mabaya, a senior research associate, is assistant director at the Emerging Markets Program in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Dr. Mayaba is a scholar and a development practitioner with more than two decades of experience working on agricultural development and food security issues in Africa. Motivated by childhood experiences growing up in rural Zimbabwe, he is involved in several programs that seek to improve the lives of African farmers through agriculture. He is the principal investigator of The African Seed Access Index. He conducts applied research on agriculture and agribusiness value chains in developing countries with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, with studies on three interrelated themes: (a) agribusiness in developing countries, (b) seed Systems, and (c) agricultural input and output markets serving smallholder farmers. He has published widely on these topics. Mabaya earned his MSc (1998) and PhD (2003) degrees in agricultural economics at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science (1994) from the University of Zimbabwe. He is the current president of African Association of Agricultural Economists (2016-2019). Mabaya was recently profiled as "2016 Top African Innovators to Watch" by the Ventures Africa magazine. Mabaya was a 2007 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow and a 2016 Aspen Global Voices Fellow.

Recent Courses

  • AEM 4961/AEM 6960/NTRES 6960/GDEV 4961/GDEV 6960/NTRES 4961 - Perspectives in Global Development

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 2003
  • MS Department of Agricultural, Resource and Managerial Economics, Cornell University, 1998
  • BS Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Zimbabwe, 1994