Bapu Vaitla

Bapu VaitlaFood Security Researcher

Bapu Vaitla is a food security researcher focused on the causes of child under nutrition.

His work is split into three major areas:

  1. Household-level determinants of rural under nutrition and food insecurity
  2. The political economy of child nutrition, especially of agriculture and social protection policy; and
  3. Theoretical modeling of cooperation in intra-household and community network contexts.

He has experience in econometric modeling, household survey design and analysis, and participatory qualitative research methods. He has in-depth country-specific knowledge of Brazil, where he was a Fulbright Scholar in 2013-14; India, where he conducted research as a David L. Boren Fellow on federal and state-level nutritional and food security policies; and Ethiopia, where as a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow he analyzed productive safety nets and foreign assistance programs. Bapu has a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California-Davis.

FIC Publications

Resilience, Food Security Dynamics, and Poverty Traps in Northern Ethiopia Analysis of a Biannual Panel Dataset, 2011-2013
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Humanitarian assistance or safety net programs may be able to prevent mortality or reduce malnutrition in the face of shocks or crises, but households, their communities, and their institutions may…

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How do Different Indicators of Household Food Security Compare? Empirical Evidence from Tigray
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With recent food crises at both regional and global levels, and renewed commitments from major donor countries to address chronic hunger, food security is more prominent on the policy agenda…

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Resilience and Livelihoods Change in Tigray, Ethiopia
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Resilience is the ability of an individual, a household, a community or an institution to withstand a shock or setback of some type and recover, or “bounce back,” after a…

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