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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...



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


Ayako Ebata’s recent work


Health and Nutrition

The Health and Nutrition Cluster pursues programmes of research and policy engagement on health systems, nutrition and understandings of zoonotic diseases. The focus is on bringing a critical social science perspective to how people, especially the poor, address their health and...