Impacts and Effectiveness of Insects and insect-based innovations

This area of research investigates the impact of insect-based innovations on social, economic, and environmental (SEE) dimensions. It quantifies the SEE costs related to pests and diseases, providing empirical evidence of how insect-based innovations can mitigate the damages they induce. Additionally, it delves into these innovations' cost-effectiveness and returns on investment.

  • Kassie, M., Abro, Z., Tesfamichael, W., Ledermann, S.T., Diiro, G., Ballo, S., and Belayhun, L. (2020). Integrated Health Interventions for Improved Livelihoods: A Case Study in Ethiopia. Sustainability, 12(6), 2284;  
  • Mulungu, K., Abro, Z.A., Muriithi, W.B., Kassie, M., Kidoido, M., Seygan, S. et al. (2023) One size does not fit all: Heterogeneous economic impact of integrated pest management practices for mango fruit flies in Kenya—a machine learning approach. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 00, 1– 19. Available from:
  • Kassie, M., Tesfamichael, W., De Groote, H., Tefera, T., Sevgan, S. and Balew, S. (2020) Economic impacts of fall armyworm and its management strategies in Southern Ethiopia. European Review of Agricultural Economics. pp. 47(4): 1473-1501.
  • Abro Z, Kassie M, Muriithi B, Okal M, Masiga D, Wanda G, et al. (2021) The potential economic benefits of controlling trypanosomiasis using waterbuck repellent blend in sub-Saharan Africa. PLoS ONE 16(7): e0254558.
  • Brian Chisanga, Erwin Bulte, Menale Kassie, Clifford Mutero, Freddie Masaninga, Onyango Peter Sangoro (2023). The economic impacts of house screening against malaria transmission: Experimental evidence from Eastern Zambia. Social Science & Medicine, Volume 321, 115778.
  • Muriithi, B.W., Menale, K., Diiro, G.M. et al. (2023) Effect of tsetse repellant collar technology on the farm performance and household welfare of small-scale livestock farmers in Kenya. Food Security, 15, 751–770.
  • Kassie, M., Stage, J., Diiro, G., Muriithi, B., Muricho, G., Ledermann, S. T., Pittchar, J., Midega, C., & Khan, Z. (2018). Push–pull farming system in Kenya: Implications for economic and social welfare. Land Use Policy, 77, 186-198.
  • Koppmair S., Kassie M. and Qaim M. (2017) The influence of farm input subsidies on the adoption of natural resource management technologies. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 61, 539–556.  doi: 510.1111/1467-8489.12220.