Poverty Funding and Awards

The ISS Poverty Project’s faculty fellows have been awarded over $16,905,946 (as of October 2018) in funding and fellowship awards since the start of their project’s term. This funding includes external awards of $16,482,262 and internal awards of $423,684.

Chris Barrett, Team Leader

  • $1,000,000: NSAID, “Innovations in Feed the Future Monitoring and Evaluation- Harnessing Big Data and Machine Learning to Feed the Future,” 2018-2021.
  • $199,714: Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future-CARE Innovation for Impact Fund, “Developing a Robust Toolkit of Empowerment and Resilience Measures,” 2018-19.
  • $120,000: International Food Policy Research Institute, “Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces,” 2016-17.
  • $123,231: Index Insurance Innovations Initiative (USAID), “Assessing the Value of Index Insurance for Herders: Comparing NDVI-Based Insurance Products,” 2016.
  • $50,059: Partnership for Economic Policy, “Collaboration on Capacity Building for African Scholars on Policies for Agricultural Transformation and Development,” 2016-17.
  • $482,286: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Background Overview Papers on Index Insurance and Post-Harvest Losses in Sub-Saharan Africa,” 2015.
  • $71,772: African Development Bank, “Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces,” 2015-17.
  • International Growth Centre, “Technology Adoption and Diffusion: The System of Rice Intensification and Food Security in Bangladesh,” Co-PI Asad Islam, 2015-16.
  • $10,000: Cornell University Institute for the Social Sciences, “Complementaries of Irrigation and Extension Services in Nepal,” 2014-15.
  • $75,000: USDA Economic Research Service, “Measuring Food Security: Alternative Approaches and New Frontiers, ” 2014-17.
  • $124,334: International Food Policy Research Institute, “Agricultural and Rural Development in Asia,” 2014.
  • $350,002: International Food Policy Research Institute, “Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development in Ethiopia,” 2014-16.
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, “The Effect of Demonstration Plots and the Warehouse Receipt System on ISFM Adoption, Yield and Income of Smallholder Farmers: A Study From Malawi’s Anchor Farms,” 2014-2016.
  • Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, “Seed Grant: Natural Resource Degradation, Human Health and Livelihoods in Indonesia,” 2014.
  • $80,000: AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme, “The Human and Environmental Impacts of Migratory Pastoralism and Index-Based Livestock Insurance in Arid and Semi-Arid East Africa,” Co-PI Russell Toth, 2013-2015.
  • $300,000: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, “Impact Evaluation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India,” Co-PI Yanyan Liu, 2012-2014.
  • $192,102: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Oil Prices and African Food Security,” 2012-2013.
  • $176,130: Scitor Corporation, “Food Security and Its Implications for Global Stability,” 2011-2012.
  • $99,990: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Background Papers for State of Food and Agriculture 2013: Food Systems and Nutrition,” 2011-2012.
  • $19,657: National Science Foundation, “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Shocks, Trauma, Behavioral Parameters and Subjective Expectations: The Effects of Abduction and Violence on Economic Behavior in Northern Uganda,” doctoral dissertation improvement grant with Marc Rockmore, 2011-2013.
  • $10,960: Congressional Research Service, “Issues and Options for Improving the Quality and Effectiveness of U.S. International Food Aid,” 2011-2012.
  • $175,000: The Urban Institute and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, “Coping Strategies for Households at Risk of Childhood Hunger,” Co-PIs Christine Olson and Karla Hanson, 2011-2014.
  • $93,763: Land O’Lakes, “Local and Regional Procurement Learning Alliance,” 1/1/2011 to 9/30/2011.
  • $64,156: Catholic Relief Services, “USDA Local and Regional Procurement Pilot Project Burkina Faso,” 12/30/2010 to 9/30/2011.
  • $23,455: Catholic Relief Services, “USDA Local and Regional Procurement Pilot Project (Benin),” 11/1/2010 to 9/30/2011.
  • $15,414: Congressional Research Service, “The US Global Food Security Initiative: Policy Issues and Implementation Options,” 8/4/2010 to 8/1/2011.
  • $60,000: Catholic Relief Services, “USDA Local and Regional Procurement Pilot Project,” 7/19/2010 to 12/31/2011.
  • $1,090,975: Seed grant and 4-year grant: USAID-funded Index Insurance Innovations Initiative (managed by UC-Davis), “Index Based Livestock Insurance for Ethiopia,” 6/2010 to 9/2014.
  • $56,104: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, “Market Development for African Agriculture,” 8/1/2009 to 12/31/2010.
  • $3,187,164: NSF-funded IGERT, “Food Systems and Poverty Reduction,” PhD training grant, 1/7/2009 to 6/30/2014.
  • $42,150: NSF, “Expectations, Information and Competitiveness In East African Agricultural Output Markets,” Doctoral dissertation improvement grant for Brian Dillon, 5/1/2009 to 4/30/2011.
  • $28,708: NSF, “Social Networks And Risk Sharing In Village Ghana,” Doctoral dissertation improvement grant for Tom Walker, 3/1/2009 to 2/28/2011
  • $363,329: USAID Assets and Market Access Collaborative Research Support Program (managed by U Wisconsin-Madison), “Market Information And Food Insecurity Response Analysis In East Africa,” 7/1/2009 to 9/30/2011.
  • $289,958: European Commission funded through subcontract with Global Public Policy Institute, “Promoting Evidence Based Transatlantic Dialogue And Convergence On Food Aid And Food Assistance Policy And Practice,” 4/1/2010 to 6/30/2011.
  • $548,997: International Livestock Research Institute, “Collaborative Work Agreement,” 2008-2014.

Susan Christopherson, Team Member

  • $100,000: Park Foundation, “Comprehensive Economic Impact Analysis of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling in New York and Pennsylvania,” 2010.
  • $150,000: Heinz Foundation, “Comprehensive Economic Impact Analysis of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling in New York and Pennsylvania,” 2010.

Matthew Freedman, Team Member

  • $25,000: USDA Cooperative Agreement, “Supply-Side Subsidies to Improve Food Access,” 2014-2015.
  • $2,000: Cornell Population Program Rapid Response Grant, “Immigration, Employment Opportunities, and Criminal Behavior,” Co-PIs S. Bohn and E. Owens, 2012.
  • $9,720: Cornell Population Program, “Low-Income housing and Neighborhood Outcomes,” Co-PI Emily Owens of the JDSB Team, 12/2009-2011.
  • $5,400:  Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center and  Cornell Population Program Award, “Older Workers’ Displacement and Mobility,” Co-PIs J. Abowd, K. McKinney, and L. Vilhuber, 2009-2011

Daniel Lichter, Team Member

  • $10,000: Conference Grant from the American Academy of Political and Social Science, “The New Rural-Urban Interface,” 8/1/16-7/30/17.
  • $100,000:  Cornell Population Center, National Center for Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 7/1/2013 to 6/30/2014.
  •  $148,500: Cornell Population Program, National Center for Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, R24 Center Grant Program, 7/1/2011 to 6/30/2013.
  • $9,850: Institute for the Social Sciences and Cornell Population Program, “Immigration and Intra- and Inter-generational Socioeconomic Mobility,” Co-PI Dean Lillard, 1/1/2011 to 12/31/2011.
  • $15,000: University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, “Family Change and Poverty in Appalachia,”  5/1/2009 to 8/30/2009.

Jordan Matsudaira, Team Member

  • $12,000: Cornell University Bronfenbrenner Center, Innovative Pilot Studies Grant, “Teacher’s Education and Student Achievement: Does School Quality Matter?” 2013.
  • $10,000: Institute for Social Sciences, “Understanding the Role of Student Preferemces and Constraints in College Choice,” 2012.
  •  $5,000: Cornell Population Center, “Graduate School Quality and Teacher Effectiveness, 2012.
  • $11,500: National Poverty Center, “Heterogeneity in the Impacts of Welfare Time Limits on Work, Welfare, and Earnings of Single Mothers: A Reinvestigation,” 1/2011 to 9/2011.
  • $175,367: Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences division of NSF, “Monopsony in the Labor Market: Quasi-Experimental Evidence,” 3/15/09 to 2/28/2011.

Stephen Morgan, Team Member

  • $137,360: NSF Sociology Program, “Feeding the Pipeline: Preparing and Planning for STEM Careers,” with Kim Weeden, 9/2010 to 9/2011.
  • $27,000: National Science Foundation,  “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Accessing Assistance and its Effect on Outcomes in Civil Cases,” with Emily Poppe, 2013-2015.

Christine Olson, Team Member

  • $125,000: USDA, ERS, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP), “Weekday and Weekend Eating:  Assessing the Effect of School Meals,” Co-PI Karla Hanson, 10/01/2010 to 9/30/2012.
  • $175,000: The Urban Institute and The University of Kentucky, “Coping Strategies for Households at Risk of Childhood Hunger,” 2011-2014.
  • $4,562,107: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “Electronically-Mediated Weight Interventions for Pregnant & Postpartum Women,” 2009-2014.

David Sahn, Team Member

  • $150,000:  Institute for African Development, Cornell University, “Transitions to Adulthood: Education, Skills, Family Formation and Labor Market Outcomes,” Begin 9/20/15.
  • $227,900: Institute for the Study of Labor, “Fertility, Schooling and Work Transitions for Young Women in Africa: Understanding Joint Determinants and Outcomes,” 10/2012 to 10/2014
  • $38,225:  National Council for Applied Economics Research (NCAER), “Building Policy Research Capacity for Rural Governance and Growth in India,” end 12/31/2011.
  • $391,000: Agence française de développement (AFD) – Fondation; William et Flora Hewlett – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) – Agence Inter-établissements de Recherche pour le Développement (AIRD), “Fertility, Schooling and Work Transitions of Young Women in Africa: Understanding Joint Determinants and Outcomes,” Co-PI, 12/1/09 to 12/1/12.
  • $48,607: UNDP, “Consultancy for Reviewing the National Strategy for Poverty Reduction – Policies and Programmes for Economic Diversification, Employment and Poverty Reduction,” 12/23/09-9/30/10.

Christopher Anderson, Team Member

  • $700,000: U.S Department of Education, “Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant,” 2010-2013.

Nicholas van de Walle, Team Member

  • $10,000: Seed Grant, The Einaudi Center for International Studies, “Spatial Inequality and State Failure in Africa: A Data Base for Comparative Historical Analysis,” 2014-2015.