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Ayako Ebata

Research Fellow

Ayako Ebata is an agricultural economist and works with the Health and Nutrition and the Business, Markets and State clusters at IDS.

Her current interest lies in understanding how value chain development affects intensification of livestock production and trade system and related impacts on health of both animals and humans. She investigates how perceptions of risks influence supply chain actors’ social and economic behaviors and bottom-up innovations that contribute to public health. Moreover, she is interested in understanding what interventions can mitigate negative effects of value chain development as well as the methods to evaluate the impacts of such interventions.

She has worked mostly in South and Southeast Asia as well as Latin America, and speaks Japanese, English, Spanish and German.

Prior to working at IDS, she worked at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Vietnam and Lao PDR, conducting an economic impact assessment of farm extension and breeding research on cassava. Throughout her career, she has acquired both quantitative (e.g. econometrics) and qualitative research skills.



The GCRF One Health Poultry Hub

The UKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub is an impact-driven research project working to help meet Asia’s growing demand for chicken meat and eggs without risk to local and global public health. IDS is one of 27 partners in nine countries working as part of this interdisciplinary Hub, which is led...


Myanmar Pig Partnership

The Myanmar Pig Partnership is focusing on the risks of zoonotic disease emergence associated with the rapid growth and intensification of livestock production in Myanmar in recent years.



Community engagement and tackling antimicrobial resistance

Community engagement has the potential to put people, their perceptions and priorities at the heart of both social and biological science development research. 'A woman raises her hand to speak at a community meeting in Aurangabad', Flickr.com, World Bank Photo Collection, CC BY-NC-ND...

7 August 2019


Journal Article

Value Chain Governance, Power and Negative Externalities: What Influences Efforts to Control Pig Diseases in Myanmar?

The European Journal of Development Research;2019 p1-22

Livestock diseases are examples of negative externalities that affect livelihoods and health of poor people across the world. We investigate how the governance and power relationships along a value chain can contribute to reducing the negative effects of livestock diseases. We conducted a...

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Ayako Ebata & 4 others

22 November 2019

Ayako Ebata’s recent work