Alexandra Peralta

Dr Alexandra Peralta

Senior Lecturer

School of Economics and Public Policy

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Alexandra is a Senior Lecturer in Agricultural and Food Economics with The Centre for Global Food and Resources (CGFAR) at the University of Adelaide. She is a development economist conducting multidisciplinary research. Alexandra's has experience in economic impact evaluation, lab-in-field experiments and farmer decision-making models. Her current research projects study the economic and social impacts of mobile finance in Cambodia and Laos, and the role of social relations in farmers' adoption decisions in Cambodia. She also works in the evaluation of a large scale research program in Timor-Leste. She has also conducted work on the evaluation of development projects in Uganda and Vanuatu. She has conducted impact evaluations 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. Alexandra researched 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, Brazil, Italy, and New Zealand. Before joining CGFAR, Alexandra worked as a Research Associate at the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. She was also consulting for the Inter-American Development Bank. She also has experience with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Agroforestry Center (ICRAF). Her current teaching at the graduate level focuses on the role of agriculture in economic development, food policy, and agricultural issues in developing countries.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Senior Lecturer in Agricultural and Food Economics Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide
    2021 Postgraduate Coordinator Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2021 Lecturer in Agricultural and Food Economics Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2015 Lecturer Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 Consultant Inter-American Development Bank
    2014 - 2014 Research Associate Department of Community Sustainibility, Michigan State University
    2007 - 2014 Research Assistant Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
    2005 - 2007 Assistant Coordinator Challange Program for Water and Food, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Executive Dean Award 21st Century Learning and Teaching University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Award 2018 Heading North Travel Award Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Australia
    2016 Award Executive Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Research University of Adelaide Australia
    2009 Scholarship Charles Stewart Mott Doctoral Fellowships Michigan State University United States USD34,000
    2007 Scholarship Fulbright grant for graduate studies The Fulbright Commission United States
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 Michigan State University United States PhD in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
    2012 Michigan State University United States MSc Agricultural Economics
    2012 Michigan State University United States Graduate Specialisation in Ecological Food and Farming Systems
    2002 Universidad del Valle Colombia Economist (five years degree with thesis)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Peralta, A. (2022). The role of men and women in agriculture and agricultural decisions in Vanuatu. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies.
    2022 Peralta, A., Shupp, R., & Arslan, C. (2022). The Grower-Trader Relationship: Experiments with Coffee Value Chain Actors in Uganda. Oxford Development Studies.
    2021 Maligalig, R. L., Demont, M., Umberger, W. J., & Peralta, A. (2021). Understanding Filipino rice farmer preference heterogeneity for varietal trait improvements: A latent class analysis. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 72(1), 134-157.
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    2019 Maligalig, R., Demond, M., Umberger, W., & Peralta, A. (2019). Off-farm employment increases women's empowerment: Evidence from rice farms in the Philippines. Journal of Rural Studies, 71, 62-72.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC3
    2018 Peralta, A., Swinton, S., & Jin, S. (2018). The secret to getting ahead is getting started: Early impacts of a rural development project. Sustainability (Switzerland), 10(8), 20 pages.
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    2017 Peralta, A., & Shupp, R. (2017). Trust, Trust Attitudes and Group Membership. Journal of International Development, 29(6), 681-699.
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    2016 Peralta, A., & Swinton, Scott M. (2016). Food vs. wood: dynamic choices for Kenyan smallholders. Sustainable Agriculture Research, 5(1), 97-108.
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    2009 Johnson, N., Garcia, J., Rubiano, J., Quintero, M., Estrada, R., Mwangi, E., . . . Granados, S. (2009). Water and poverty in two Colombian watersheds. Water Alternatives, 2(1), 34-52.
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    2006 Peralta, A., James Garcia., & Nancy Johnson. (2006). Dinámica y definición de pobreza en los Andes colombianos: enfoques participativos versus enfoques objetivos. Desarrollo y Sociedad, 58, 209-243.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2021 Qanti, S., Peralta, A., & Zeng, D. (2021). Social norms and perception of women participation in agricultural decisions.: The case of West Java, Indonesia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) 65th Annual Conference.. Sydney.
    2020 Akzar, R., Umberger, W., & Peralta, A. (2020). The synergistic effects of multiple dairy feed technologies on Indonesian smallholder dairy farmers. Poster session presented at the meeting of : Australasian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society 64th Annual Conference. Perth.
    2020 Peralta, A. (2020). Men learn from men, but women do not learn from women: Information networks effects among cocoa growers in Vanuatu.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society 64th Annual Conference.. Perth, WA.
    2020 Peralta, A. (2020). Are cash crops men's and food crops women's? Evidence from Vanuatu. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society 64th Annual Conference..
    2019 Akzar, R., Umberger, W., & Peralta, A. (2019). Adoption of multiple dairy farming technologies by Indonesian smallholder dairy farmers: A latent class analysis approach. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 63rd AARES Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
    2019 Peralta, A., & Shupp, R. (2019). Do Coffee Growers Trust their Trader? Experimental Evidence from Uganda. Poster session presented at the meeting of 63rd Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference. Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
    2019 Peralta, A. (2019). The role of male and female social networks on knowledge of recommended cocoa practices in Vanuatu. Poster session presented at the meeting of Seeds of Change Conference. Canberra, ACT, Australia.
    2018 Genova, C., Umberger., Newman., Peralta., & Zeng. (2018). The impact of smallholder vegetable production on child nutrition in rural Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2018 Annual Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Conference. Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, SA.
    2018 Akzar, R., Peralta, A., Umberger, W., & Hetherington, J. (2018). Simultaneous Decisions of Indonesian Smallholder Dairy Farmers Adoption of Multiple on Farm-level Innovations. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 62th AARES Annual Conference. Adelaide Australia.
    2018 Peralta, A., Umberger, W., & Christian, G. (2018). Spousal agreement and women participation in decision making in rural Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) 2018 Annual Meeting, August 5-7, 2018, Washington, D.C..
    2018 Peralta, A., Umberger, W., & Azkar, R. (2018). Spousal agreement, women participation in decisions, and technology adoption in Indonesia.. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2018 AARES Conference.
    2018 Maligalig, R. L., Umberger, W., Demont, M., & Peralta, A. (2018). Farmer preferences for rice varietal trait improvements in Nueva Ecija, Philippines: A latent class cluster approach. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) Triennial Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    2018 Maligalig, R. L., Demont, M., Umberger, W., & Peralta, A. (2018). Using Experiments to Understand Gender Influence on Intrahousehold Decision Making for Investment in Rice Varietal Trait Improvements. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2018 International Rice Congress. Singapore.
    2017 Genova, C., Umberger, W., Newman, S., & Peralta, A. (2017). Linking smallholder vegetable production to children’s diets: evidence from rural Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of Presentation at the 2017 AARES Annual Conference. Brisbane, Qld..
    2017 Maligalig, R. L., Demont, M., Umberger, W. J., & Peralta, A. (2017). Intrahousehold decision making on rice varietal trait improvements: Using experiments to estimate gender influence. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2017 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.
    2017 Genova, C., Umberger., Newman., & Peralta. (2017). To Market, to market: Does smallholder vegetable production lead to increased children's dietary diversity and improved diet quality? Empirical evidence from Northwest Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of 62nd Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.
    2016 Peralta, A., & Swinton, S. (2016). Peralta, A. and Swinton, S. (2016). Neighbour Effects on Adoption of Conservation Agriculture in Nicaragua.. Poster session presented at the meeting of 60th Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Canberra.
    2016 Genova, C., Umberger, W., Newman, S., & Peralta, A. (2016). Food choices of the Môngs in the northwest uplands of Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of Presentation at the XXIII Agri-food Research Network (AFRN) conference. Adelaide. SA..
    2015 Peralta, A., Jin, S., Arraiz, I., & Calero, C. (2015). Short-term Impact Evaluation of a Value Chain Development Project in Haiti. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics (AARES) Conference. Roturua, New Zealand.
    2015 Arraiz, I., Calero, C., Jin, S., & Peralta, A. (2015). Planting the seeds: The impact of training on mando producers in Haiti. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association of Agricultural Economists Conference.
    2014 Peralta, A., & Shupp, Robert. (2014). Trust, trust attitudes and group participation in rural development activities. Poster session presented at the meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2013 Peralta, A., & Swinton, Scott M. (2013). Impact Assessment with Opt-in Treatments: Evidence from a rural development project in Nicaragua. Poster session presented at the meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meetings. Washington, D.C. United States of America.
    2012 Peralta, A., Swinton, Scott M., & Maredia, Mywish. (2012). Accounting for selection bias in impact analysis of a rural development program: An application using propensity score matching.. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association of Agricultural Economists. Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2015 Arraiz, Irani., Calero, Carla., Jin, Songqing., & Peralta, A. (2015). Planting the Seeds: The Impact of Training on Mango Producers in Haiti. Inter-American Development Bank.

CI-Lead ($844,600 awarded to UoA)

1.      Building the evidence base on the impacts of mobile financial services for women and men in farming households in Laos and Cambodia (DiFF). $606,000 (total $2.8M). Administered by the University of Western Sydney. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) Approved by ACIAR 2021-2025 Cat 1.

2.      Impact assessment of cocoa interventions in Vanuatu. $88,600. Administered by UoA 2016-2018  Cat 1.

3.      Impact Assessment Seeds of Change Project in Timor Leste. Total amount awarded: $120,000 (phase 1). Funding scheme: ACIAR- Research Evaluation and Data (READ) panel. Administered by UoA. Approved by ACIAR 2021-2022 Cat 2-4.

4.      Myanmar Young Water Professionals YWP Evaluation. $30,000: AWP-DFAT. Administered by UoA. 2019  Cat 2-4.

CI ($3,014,207 awarded to UoA)

5.      Next-generation agricultural extension: social relations for practice change. $140,000 (total $4.5M). Administered by: University of Melbourne. Approved by ACIAR 2021-2025  Cat 1

6.      Developing value chain innovation platforms to improve food security in east and southern Africa. $629,215 (total $3M). Administered By: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). 2015-2019 Cat 1

7.      Aligning genetic resources, production and post-harvest systems to market opportunities for Pacific Island and Australian cocoa. $192,686. Administered By: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland. 2017-2021 Cat 1

8.      Improving milk supply, competitiveness and livelihoods in smallholder dairy chains in Indonesia. $2,052,306. Administered by UoA. 2016-2021 Cat 1

AGRIBUS7054 Global Food and Agriculture Policy Analysis

AGRIBUS7053 Globalisation and Agriculture in Emerging Economies

MOOC Understanding Agribusiness, Value Chains and Consumers in Global Food Systems (join in here https://www.edx.org/course/understanding-agribusiness-value-chains-and-consum)

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor The Pattern and Rate of Adoption for Commodity Choices and Land Use in Upland Catchment Area in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sara Ratna Qanti
    2017 Co-Supervisor Adoption of Multiple Fam-Level Innovations and its Implications for Dairy Smallholder Farmers' Competitiveness:Evidence from West Java Province, Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rida Akzar
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Eliciting Farmer Preferences for Rice Varietal Trait Improvements Using an Experimental Methodology Based on Investment Games Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rio Lawas Maligalig
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor The Effect of Smallholder Vegetable Production on Children's Dietary Quality and Nutritional Outcomes: Evidence from Vietnam Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christian ll Genova
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131783
  • Email: alexandra.peralta@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 6
  • Room: 6 23
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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