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Miki Khanh Doan Wins 2019 Erika C.H. Meng Scholarship for Development Policy and Research

Aug. 23, 2019

The Erika C.H. Meng Scholarship will support Miki Doan’s PhD thesis on gender-related conflicts and intra-household cooperation. In many developing country settings, husbands and wives jointly engage in agricultural activities. However, conflicts over decision-making and the sharing of proceeds from these activities can misalign incentives and result in inefficiencies in poor households. Miki will collaborate with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to implement a randomized experiment to evaluate the impacts of an agronomy training program on coffee practices, yields, and livelihoods of coffee-growing households for 12,000 coffee farmers in Uganda. She hopes to provide international organizations and policy-makers with new insights on how to design development programs that take into account gender conflicts and cooperation, with the goal of improving the welfare of households as well as individual household members.

About Erika Meng and the Scholarship:

The Erika C.H. Meng Scholarship for Development Policy and Research provides seed funding for graduate students to initiate applied fieldwork, travel to present findings at meetings and conferences, or collaborate with policy research and development agencies. It was established at UC Davis in 2008, during the final days of Erika’s long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 44, and funded with contributions from more than 100 individual donors. The scholarship is awarded annually to support ARE graduate students who are committed to bridging applied development research and policy, as Erika did so well in her life.

Erika Meng received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in ARE at UC Davis. She was a Scientist with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) based in Mexico City, traveling extensively to conduct research on crop genetic resource conservation in China, Central Asia and the Caucasus, South Asia, Turkey, Morocco and East Africa. Her work combined academic rigor with practical policy applications. She spoke five languages, and her vibrant passion for life and economic development touched people all over the world.

 

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