On March 4th, 2015, Dr. Hélène David-Benz and Dr. Franck Galtier, two researchers from the French public research institution CIRAD who contributed to the special issue, discussed the changing role of Agricultural MIS, the opportunities the development of information and communications technologies (ICT) have offered, and the impacts of such tools.
Dr. Franck Galtier is a French senior researcher economist at CIRAD, with 20 years’ experience in agricultural markets in developing countries and a special interest for grain and coffee markets. His research topics encompass market institutions, market networks, quality signs (such as sustainability standards, geographical indications, etc.), market information systems and policies to improve markets’ performance or make up for their failures. During the past years, he has worked extensively on two main topics: food price instability (analysing its causes, consequences and the ways it can be managed both within developing countries and on international markets), and the new generation of market information systems (MIS) that have emerged in developing countries in the 2000s. Franck has lived in West Africa and the Caribbean and is currently based in Montpellier, France.
Dr. Helene David-Benz is a French senior agro-economist at CIRAD, with 25-year experience in agriculture markets in developing countries. Her main topics of research are supply chain management, market information systems (MIS), farmers’ access to market, multi-stakeholders’ dialogue, and agriculture policy, with a specific emphasis on food crops. During the last few years, she has focused on price instability, public and private strategies to manage market instability and the role of MIS. Regarding MIS, she is interested in the role of information at both policymaking level and market players’ level. Helene David-Benz has lived in Senegal, Cameroun and Madagascar and worked in several African countries for 17 years. She is currently based in France.