International Studies & Programs


These resources are here to help whether you are a researcher, teacher, student, traveler, business person, or just interested in learning about GCFSI.

Climate Change and Pressure on Land

G Lin, JP Messina, S Snapp. (in press) Mapping Marginal Land Distribution in Malawi Through Assessment of Agricultural Land Suitability. Land Degradation and Development.

NM Magliocca, J van Vliet, C Brown, TP Evans, T Houet, P Messerli, JP Messina, KA Nicholas, C Ornetsmüller, J Sagebiel, V Schweizer, PH Verburg, O Yu. 2015. From meta-studies to modeling: Using synthesis knowledge to build broadly applicable process-based land change models. Environmental Modelling & Software 72:10-20.

S Lin, MH DeVisser, JP Messina. 2015. An agent-based model to simulate tsetse fly distribution and control techniques: A case study in Nguruman, Kenya. Ecological Modelling 314, 80-89; doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.07.015 (.html)

R Chikowo, S Zingore, J Nyamangara, M Bekunda, J Messina, S Snapp. 2015. Approaches to Reinforce Crop Productivity Under Rain-fed Conditions in Sub-humid Environments in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Sustainable Intensification to Advance Food Security and Enhance Climate Resilience in Africa, R. Lal et al. (eds.), Ch. 12, pp. 235-253. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing (.html)

McCann, Robert S., Joseph P Messina, David W MacFarlane, M Nabie Bayoh, John M Vulule, John E Gimnig, and Edward D Walker. 2014. Modeling larval malaria vector habitat locations using landscape features and cumulative precipitation measures. International Journal of Health Geographics 13 (17): 1-12; DOI: 10.1186/1476-072X-13-17 (.html)

AM Shortridge, JP Messina, S Kravchenko, A Finley (eds.). 2014. Accuracy 2014 : Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences : July 8-11, 2014, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. ISARA, International Spatial Accuracy Research Association (.html)

Messina, J., Adhikari, U., Carroll, J., Chikowo, R., DeVisser, M., Dodge, L., Fan, P., Langley, S., Lin, S., Me-Nsope, N., Moore, N., Murray, S., Nawyn, S., Nejadhashemi, A., Olson, J., Smith, A., Snapp, S. 2014. Population Growth, Climate Change and Pressure on the Land – Eastern and Southern Africa. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (.html)

Sustainable Intensification

Messina, J.P. Suepa, T., Snapp, S., Olson, J.M., Nejadhashemi, A.P., Murray, S., Moore, N., Frake, A.N., Fan, P., and U. Adhikari. 2017. Food system resilience and sustainability in Cambodia. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 8:3 Note 4 (accepted pending revisions)

Rogé, P., S.S. Snapp, M.K. Kakwera, L. Mungai, I. Jambo and B. Peter. Opportunities for perennial food crops in Malawi: A review. Agronomy and Sustainable Development, In press.

Petersen, B. and S.S. Snapp. 2015. What is sustainable intensification: Views from experts. Land Use Policy 46:1-10  doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.02.002 (.html)

Fisher, M. and S.S. Snapp. 2014. Can adoption of modern maize help smallholder farmers manage drought risk? Evidence from southern Malawi. Experimental Agriculture, 50:533-548.
Alex Smith, Sieglinde Snapp, John Dimes, Chiwimbo Gwenambira, Regis Chikowo (2016). Doubled-up legume rotations improve soil fertility and maintain productivity under variable conditions in maize-based cropping systems in Malawi (.html) Agricultural Systems (2016). pp. 139-149. DOI 10.1016/j.agsy.2016.03.008 (.html)

Food Safety and Consumer Demand Analysis

Ortega, D.L., H. Holly Wang, Laping Wu, Soo Jeong Hong, 2015 (forthcoming). Retail Channel and Consumer Demand for Food Quality in China (.html). China Economic Review (.html)

Ortega, D.L., David Tschirley, 2015 (forthcoming) “Demand for Food Safety in Emerging and Developing Countries: A Research Agenda.” Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies (.html)

Rapid Urbanization and Transformation of Food Systems

Tschirley, D. L., Snyder, J., Dolislager, M., Reardon, T. A., Haggblade, S. J., Goeb, J., Traub, L., Ejobi, F., & Meyer, F. (2015). Africa's unfolding diet transformation: implications for agrifood system employment. Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, 5(2), 102-136.

Tschirley, David, Thomas Reardon, Michael Dolislager, and Jason Snyder. The Rise of a Middle Class in East and Southern Africa: Implications for Food System Transformation Journal of International Development. May, 2015 (.html)

T. Reardon. 2015. The hidden middle: the quiet revolution in the midstream of agrifood value chains in developing countries Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 31(1): 45-63, doi:10.1093/oxrep/grv011 (.html)

Reardon, T., D. Tschirley, B. Minten, S. Haggblade, S. Liverpool-Tasie, M. Dolislager, J. Snyder, C. Ijumba. Transformation of African Agrifood Systems in the New Era of Rapid Urbanization and the Emergence of a Middle Class Chapter in the Proceedings Volume of the ReSAKSS Annual Conference, "Beyond a Middle Income Africa," Trends and Outlook Report Conference held in Addis Ababa, September 1-3, 2015 (.PDF)

Information and Communication Technology for Development

Susan Wyche and Charles Steinfield. 2016. Why Don’t Farmers Use Cell Phones to Access Market Prices? Technology Affordances and Barriers to Market Information Services Adoption in Rural KenyaInformation Technology for Development 22(2): 320-333. First published online: 28 May 2015, DOI:10.1080/02681102.2015.1048184 (.html)

Charles Steinfield, Susan Wyche, Tian Cai, and Hastings Chiwasa. 2015. The mobile divide revisited: mobile phone use by smallholder farmers in Malawi In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD ’15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 8, 9 pages. DOI=10.1145/2737856.2738022 (.html)

Susan P. Wyche, Melissa Densmore, and Brian Samuel Geyer. 2015. Real mobiles: Kenyan and Zambian smallholder farmers’ current attitudes towards mobile phones In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD ’15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 9 , 10 pages. DOI=10.1145/2737856.2738013 (.html)

Tian Cai, Hastings Chiwasa, Charles Steinfield, and Susan Wyche. 2015.Participatory video for nutrition training for farmers in Malawi: An analysis of knowledge gain and adoption In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD ’15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 29 , 5 pages. DOI=10.1145/2737856.2737878 (.html)

Daniel Ninsiima. 2015. “Buuza Omulimisa” (ask the extension officer): text messaging for low literate farming communities in rural Uganda In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD ’15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 54 , 4 pages. DOI=10.1145/2737856.2737908 (.html)

Susan Wyche, Charles Steinfield, Tian Cai, Nightingale Simiyu, and Martha Othieno. 2016. Reflecting on Video: Exploring the Efficacy of Video for Teaching Device Literacy in Rural Kenya. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, DOI: (.html)

Decision Support & Informatics

Adhikari, U., A.P. Nejadhashemi, M.R. Herman. 2016. A Review of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in East Africa, Transactions of the ASABE, 59(1): 1-15.

Adhikari, U., A.P. Nejadhashemi, M.G. Herman, J.P. Messina, 2016. Multiscale Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in Tanzania, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, in press.

Adhikari, U., A.P. Nejadhashemi, 2016. Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in Malawi, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001436, 05016026.

Adhikari, U., A.P. Nejadhashemi, S.A. Woznicki, 2015. Climate Change and Eastern Africa: A Review of Impact on Major Crops, Food and Energy Security, 4(2): 110-132.

Mutenyo I., A. P. Nejadhashemi, S.A. Woznicki, S. Giri. 2013. Evaluation of SWAT Performance on a Mountainous Watershed in Tropical Africa, Hydrology: Current Research, S14:001. doi: 10.4172/2157-7587.S14-001.