Alexandra Peralta

Dr Alexandra Peralta

Lecturer

Centre for Global Food and Resources

Faculty of the Professions

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


Alexandra is a Lecturer in Agricultural and Food Economics with The Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. She is a development economist with experience on impact evaluation, field experiments and farmer decision-making models. Her recent research focuses on the use of experimental methods to evaluate the impact of value chain development interventions in East Africa and the Pacific. She has conducted impact evaluation 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. She also has research experience in East Africa, where she conducted research on 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 was working 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 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
    2014 Lecturer in Agricultural and Food Economics University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 Consultant Inter-American Development Bank
    2014 - 2014 Research Associate Michigan State University
    2007 - 2014 Research Assistant Michigan State University
    2005 - 2007 Assistant Coordinator 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
    2009 - 2012 Michigan State University United States Graduate Specialisation in Ecological Food and Farming Systems
    2009 - 2014 Michigan State University United States PhD in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
    2007 - 2012 Michigan State University United States MSc Agricultural Economics
    1994 - 2002 Universidad del Valle Colombia Economist (five years degree with thesis)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    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.
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    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
    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.

Title: Impact assessment of cocoa interventions in Vanuatu
Start date: 14 November 2016

End date: 30 September 2018

Funder name: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Funder reference: AGB/2016/053
Investigators: Peralta A, Stringer R
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 88,600

Title: Aligning genetic resources, production and post-harvest systems to market opportunities for Pacific Island and Australian cocoa.
Start date: 1 July 2017
End date: 30 July 2021
Funder name: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Funder reference: HORT/2014/078
Investigators: Stringer R, Diczbalis Y, Peralta A
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 192,686

Title: Improving milk supply, competitiveness and livelihoods in smallholder dairy chains in Indonesia
Start date: 13 June 2016
End date: 31 December 2020
Funder name: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Funder reference: AGB/2012/099
Investigators: Umberger W, Peralta A, Simos T, Granzin B, Ritchie Z, Hetherington J
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 2,001,306

Title: Developing value chain innovation platforms to improve food security in east and southern Africa
Start date: 1 June 2015
End date: 30 November 2019
Funding scheme: 900241: ACIAR - Grant
Funder name: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Funder reference: FSC/2014/093
Application Status: RFA Complete
Investigators: Stringer R, Peralta A, Yi D, Nuberg I, Gregg D
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 629,215

Title: Myanmar Young Water Professionals YWP Evaluation
Start Date: 30 Apr 2019
End Date: 30 Jun 2019
Funder Name (Organisation): Australian Water Partnership DFAT
Investigators: Peralta A, Cummins J, Umberger W, Caufield N
Total Awarded Amount: AUD 30,000

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: 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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