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

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
By Daniel Maxwell, Bapu Vaitla | September 2013

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

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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