Jason Snyder is a Phd Candidate in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) at Michigan State University (MSU). His research concerns post-farm food systems and development in Africa, with a focus on Tanzania. In particular, he is looking at issues related to small business access to indivisible technology, market structure (governance arrangements and marketing/procurement channels), and the value of processed food attributes
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In addition to being a Phd Candidate in the AFRE program at MSU, Jason has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (2006) and a Master’s degree in Geography (2008), both from the University of New Mexico. The topic of his masters thesis was on food accessibility in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, mapping “food deserts” based on proximity and mobility measures.”
an applied economist who is interested in using a variety of methodological tools to explore social, economic, and environmental issues related to food systems and international development
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Tschirley, D, J. Snyder, M. Dolislager, T. Reardon, S. Haggblade, J. Goeb, L. Traub, F. Ejobi, F. Meyer. 2015. “Africa’s Unfolding Diet Transformation: Implications for Agrifood System Employment,” Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, 5(2), September.
Minde, I, T. Fanie, B. Bashaasha, C. Madakadze, J. Snyder, A. Mugisha. 2015. “Challenges for Agricultural Education and Training (AET) Institutions in Preparing Growing Student Populations for Productive Careers in the Agri-Food System”, Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economics, 5(2), September
Tschirley, D., Reardon, T., Dolislager, M., & Snyder, J. (2015). The rise of a middle class in East and Southern Africa: Implications for food system transformation. Journal of International Development, 27(5), 628-646.
Tschirley, D., Reardon, T., Dolislager, M., & Snyder, J. (2014). The rise of a middle class in East and Southern Africa: Implications for food system transformation (No. 2014/119). WIDER Working Paper.
Reports and Briefs
Allen, A., Howard, J., Kondo, M. A. Jamison, T.S. Jayne, J. Snyder, D. Tschirley, and Kwame Yeboah. 2017. Youth employment opportunities in African agrifood systems. GREAT Insights Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 16-18. February/March 2017.
Allen, A., Howard, J., Kondo, M. A. Jamison, T.S. Jayne, J. Snyder, D. Tschirley, and Kwame Yeboah. 2016. Agrifood Youth Employment and Engagement Study (AGYEES) – Full study and policy brief.
Snyder, J. J. Cairns, J. Goeb, D. Tschirley. 2015. Pesticide use in Sub-Saharan Africa: Estimates, Projections, and Implications in the Context of Food System Transformation. Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique. Research Report No. 8E
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. Final version.
Ijumba , C., J. Snyder, D. Tschirley, and T. Reardon. 2015. Stages of Transformation in Food Processing and Marketing: Results of an Initial Inventory of Processed Food Products in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Mwanza. Tanzania Policy Research Brief no. 3, Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, Michigan State University.
Reardon, T., Tschirley, D., Dolislager, M., Snyder, J., Hu, C., & White, S. (2014). Urbanization, Diet Change, and Transformation of Food Supply Chains in Asia. Working paper, Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, Michigan State University. Reardon T., Timmer CP 2014. Five Inter-linked Transformations in the Asian Agrifood Economy: Food Security Implications. Global Food Security 3 (2): 108–117.
Snyder, J., C. Ijumba, D. Tschirley, and T. Reardon. 2015. Local response to the rapid rise in demand for processed and perishable foods: results of an initial inventory of processed food products in the markets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Emerging Research Brief no. 1, Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, Michigan State University.
Risk Perception and Behavior in Pesticide Use by the Horticultural Producers of Maputo. Isabel Sitoe Cachomba, Jennifer Cairns, David Tschirley & Jason Snyder. October 2013. Nº69E.
Snyder, J., D. Tschirley. (2013) “Urbanization in sub-Saharan Africa,” ch.2 in White Paper Series 2013, Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Tschirley, D., J. Snyder, C. O’Sullivan, E. Almenar (2013) “The Midstream and Downstream Transformation: Current Status and Patterns of Change” ch.5 in White Paper Series 2013, Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Snyder, J, D. Tschirley, T. Reardon. “Drivers of Indivisible Technology Channel Access and Service Provision among Small and Medium Sized Food Processing Firms in Tanzania”. The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Conference, August 1st. 2017
Snyder, J. Drivers of Indivisible Technology Channel Access and Service Provision among Small and Medium Sized Food Processing Firms in Tanzania. Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State. Graduate Student Research Symposium: March 2017
Snyder, J, D. Tschirley, C. Ijumba, M. Kondo. “Employment Intensity and Scale of Operation in Agro-Processing: A Case of Cereal Millers in Tanzania”. Presentation at the 3rd Annual Agricultural Policy Conference; March 2017.
Snyder, J., D. Tschirley, M. Kondo, T. Reardon. “Does Africa have a Food Import Problem?”. Presentation at the African Association of Agricultural Economists. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; September 2016.