Dr Alexandra Peralta

Dr Alexandra Peralta
 Position Lecturer
 Org Unit Centre for Global Food and Resources
 Email alexandra.peralta@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1783
 Location Floor/Room 6 23 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr. Alexandra Peralta is a Lecturer in Agricultural and Food Economics with Global Food Studies at the University of Adelaide. She is a development economist with experience on impact evaluation, field experiments and farmer decision-making models. Her recent research focuses on the use of experimental methods to evaluate the impact of value chain development interventions in East Africa and the Pacific. She has conducted impact evaluation of rural development projects with multiple interventions in Nicaragua and Haiti. In Nicaragua she also conducted a field experiment to determine the effects on levels of trust of farmers who participated in a microfinance intervention. She also has research experience in East Africa, where she conducted research on farmers’ decisions on whether to grow trees or crops in the highlands of western Kenya. She has presented her work in the United States, Australia,  Mexico, Italy, Brazil, and New Zealand. Before joining GFS Alexandra was working as a Research Associate at the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. She has experience with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and the International Agroforestry Center (ICRAF). Her current teaching at graduate level focuses on the role of agriculture in economic development, food policy, and agricultural issues in developing countries.

  • Qualifications

    PhD in Agricultural Food and Resource Economics - Michigan State University, 2014.

    Graduate Specialization in Ecological Food and Farming Systems - Michigan State University, 2012

    MSc in Agricultural Economics - Michigan State University, 2012

    Economista - Universidad del Valle, 2002 (Equivalent to BA + 1 year)


  • Teaching Interests

    Teaching at graduate level:

    Semester 1 2017: AGRIBUS7054 Global Food and Agricultural Policy

    Semester 2 2017: AGRIBUS7053 Globalization and Agriculture in Emerging Economies

  • Research Interests

    • Impact of development interventions on poverty reduction and farmers access to markets.
    • Understanding barriers to technology adoption.
    • The use of innovative experimental economics methods to evaluate project impacts and understand farmers’ behavioural changes.
  • Research Funding

    2016-2017 ACIAR Impact Assessment of Cocoa Interventions in the Pacific (AUD88,600 for the University of Adelaide)

    2015-2019 ACIAR Developing value chain innovation platforms to improve food security in East and Southern Africa. (AUD3,000,000 total AUD600,000 for the University of Adelaide, with Randy Stringer and Dale Yi).

    2010-2012 Howard Buffet Foundation Economic Impact Evaluation of the Howard Buffet-Catholic Relief Services (CRS) “Agriculture for Basic Needs Project-A4N” in Nicaragua. (USD113,916 with S.M. Swinton Michigan State University).

    2009-2012 C.S. Mott Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Conservation Agriculture, Michigan State University 2009-2012 (USD34,000).

    2008 Pro-poor Rewards for Environmental Services in Africa (PRESA) at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and the Consultative Group for International Research in Agriculture (CGIAR) Challenge Program for Water and Food (CPWF). Analysis of farmers’ choices between timber trees and food crops in western Kenya. (USD12,653).

  • Publications

    Papers and presentations

    Arráiz, I., Calero, C., Jin, S., & Peralta, A. (2015). Planting the Seeds: The Impact of Training on Mango Producers in Haiti. Inter-American Development Bank. Retrieved from http://publications.iadb.org/handle/11319/7184 Under Review

    Presented at: 29th International Conference for Agricultural Economists, Milan, Italy, August 8-14. 39th National Australian Agriculture and Resource Economics Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, February 10-13 2015 (related work).

    Peralta, A, S.M. Swinton & S. Jin. 2015. “Impacts on adoption of agricultural technologies: Evidence from a rural development project in Nicaragua”. Under review.

    Presented at: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and Canadian Applied Economics Society (CAES) meetings, Washington DC, August 4-6, 2013. 28th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, August 18-24, 2012 (related work). Conference Mind the Gap: From Evidence to Impact, Cuernavaca, Mexico, June 15-17, 2011 (related work).

    Peralta, A. & Shupp, R. 2015. “Trust, trust attitudes and Group Participation in Rural Development Activities”. Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University. Under review.

    Presented at: Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s 2014 AAEA Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, July 27-29, 2014.

    Peralta, A. & S.M. Swinton. 2016. “Food vs. Wood: Dynamic choices for Kenyan Smallholders.” Sustainable Agricultural Research 5(1): 97-208. DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/sar.v5n1p97. Retrieve from: http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/sar/article/view/54761

    Presented at: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s 2009 AAEA & ACCI Joint Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, July 26-28, 2009

    Johnson, N., J. Garcia, J.E. Rubiano, M. Quintero, R.D. Estrada, E. Mwangi, A. Moreno, A. Peralta, & S. Granados (2009). “Water and poverty in two Colombian watersheds.” Water Alternatives 2(1): 3452

    Peralta, A, J. García, and N. Johnson (2007). “Dinámica y definición de pobreza en los Andes colombianos: enfoques participativos versus enfoques objetivos.” Desarrollo y Sociedad 58:209-243. (Dynamics and Definitions of Poverty in the Colombian Andes: Parcipatory vs. Objective Approaches).

    Presented at: Graduate Student Research Symposium, Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics. Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. January 18th 2008. Honorable Mention. International Forum for Water and Food. Vientiane, Laos, November 12-17, 2006.

    Rubiano, J. and A. Peralta. “Scaling up in Water Research Projects.” Abstract presented at International Forum for Water and Food. Vientiane, Laos, November 12-17, 2006.

    Presented at: International Forum for Water and Food. Vientiane, Laos, November    12-17, 2006.



    Peralta, A., C. Donovan, E. Cavane and E. Dulys-Nusbaum. 2013. Raising the Incomes of Smallholder Farmers in the Central Highlands of Angola: A Model Project for Improving Agricultural Value Chains in Post-Conflict Nations. Report to World Vision. Michigan State University. https://www.worldvision.org/sites/default/files/pdf/ProRenda-Impact-Assessment.pdf 

    Peralta, A. and S.M. Swinton. 2012. “Evaluación económica de impacto del proyecto ‘Agricultura para Necesidades Básicas’ A4N en Nicaragua.” Report to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Central America office.  August 24, 2012.

    Peralta, A. and S.M. Swinton. 2011. “Activos de los productores participantes y no participantes en el proyecto Agricultura para Necesidades Básicas (A4N) en Nicaragua: Comparación a partir de la línea base 2009.” Report to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Central America office.  March 31, 2011.

    Peralta, A. and S.M. Swinton 2009. “Decision Aid to Minimize the Cost of Meeting MSU’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Goals: Pilot Test Results.” Environmental Stewardship Systems Team Briefing Paper No. 09-2. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.  November.  http://www.bespartangreen.msu.edu/content/documents/decisionaidtoreduceghgs.pdf


    Peralta, A. and S.M. Swinton 2008. “Costs and Returns Analysis of Library First Floor Restroom Renovation and Implications of Conservation Savings for MSU Facilities Replacement Scheduling.” Environmental Stewardship Systems Team Briefing Paper No. 08-5. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. http://www.bespartangreen.msu.edu/content/documents/restroom%20renovation.pdf

  • Professional Associations

    Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, AARES

    Councilor South Australia Branch

    Applied Agricultural Economics Association, AAEA

    International Agricultural Economics Association, IAAE


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