Geofrey Okoboi joined the Centre as a Research Fellow in January 2009. He holds a PhD. in Economics from Makerere University in January 2012. Prior to joining EPRC, Geofrey worked as a Socio-Economist with the Postharvest and Marketing research section (FOODNET) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Uganda. He also worked as a lecturer at Kyambogo University for about 7 years. Dr. Okoboi's current research focus is in agricultural economics and policy.

Geofrey Okoboi : publications

Determinants of Household's Choice of Cooking Energy in Uganda
High dependency on biomass has been associated with energy poverty in Uganda with successful interventions to modern energy expected to results in economic transformation. This paper examines utilization of various forms of cooking energy sources among households using data from the 2005/6 Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS). Results indicate that utilization of modern energy sources was only by 4 percent of households. 
Impact of the National Agricultural Advisory Services Program on Household Production and Welfare in Uganda
This paper examines the level of participation of vulnerable households (headed by females, youths or people with disabilities) in Uganda's National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) program, and the program's impact on agricultural households' access to extension services, the use of improved technologies, crop yield, the share of output sold, consumption expenditures and poverty level. 
What Factors Determine Membership to Farmer Groups in Uganda - Evidence from the Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/9
While the Government of Uganda and its development partners are targeting farmer groups as the vehicle for agricultural development, there is limited empirical evidence on what drives membership to these groups. Using data from the Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/09, this paper reveals low levels of membership both at individual and household levels with a marked regional dimension. The key policy variables found to influence participation in farmer groups included education attainment, distance to extension services and quality of road infrastructure. 
Farmer Groups and Access to Agricultural Services and Technologies in Uganda

Fact Sheet No. 3 focuses on farmer groups and their access to extension services, their use of agricultural technologies. 

Why a Fertilizer Policy for Uganda?

Declining soil fertility is cited in Uganda's Agricultural Development Strategy and Investment Plan for 2010/11-2014/15 as one of the major challenges to increasing crop production in Uganda.

Constraints to Fertiliser Use in Uganda: Insights from Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/09
Uganda's agriculture faces a multitude of challenges including low productivity, declining soil fertility and degradation of the natural resource base. To reverse and/or minimise the challenges, judicious use of fertilisers is highly recommended. Yet few agricultural households in Uganda use fertilisers, and when they are used, it is often in lower quantities than recommended. 
Cost Benefit Analysis of the Uganda Post Primary Education and Training Expansion and Improvement (PPETEI) Project
Expanding access to schooling in developing countries is critical for achieving poverty reduction and sustained economic growth. Although countries in sub-Saharan Africa have expanded access to primary schooling in the past 15 years, absorbing primary school graduates into secondary school remains a challenge. 

Geofrey Okoboi

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