Francis Tsiboe

Research Agricultural Economist


Francis Tsiboe is a research agricultural economist in the Agricultural Policy and Models (APM) branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED). As a member of the Agricultural Policy Team, Francis’s research focuses on applied microeconomics with applications to risk management and international development.


Francis received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics in 2021 from Kansas State University. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture with a major in Agribusiness from the University of Ghana, and a master's degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Arkansas.

Professional Affiliations

Francis is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Selected Publications

Tsiboe, F., and J. Tack. 2021. “Utilizing Topographic and Soil Features to Improve Rating for Farm‐Level Insurance Products,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, ajae.12218.

Tsiboe, F. 2021. “Chronic Sources of Low Cocoa Production in Ghana: New Insights from Meta-Analysis of Old Survey Data,” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 50(2): 226–251.

Tsiboe, F., I.S. Egyir, and G. Anaman. 2021. “Effect of Fertilizer Subsidy on Household Level Cereal Production in Ghana,” Scientific African, 13. e00916.

Kovacs, K., J.Y Lee, C. Henry, L.J. Krutz, R. Nayga, and F. Tsiboe.2019. “Factors Influencing the Willingness to Pay for On-Farm Water Infrastructure,” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 74(3): 243–252.

Luckstead, J., F. Tsiboe, and L.L. Nalley. 2019. “Estimating the Economic Incentives Necessary for Eliminating Child Labor in Ghanaian Cocoa Production,” PLOS ONE, 14(6), e0217230.

Tsiboe, F., J. Luckstead, B.L. Dixon, L.L. Nalley, and J.S. Popp. 2018. “Analyzing Labor Heterogeneity in Ghanaian Cocoa Production and Its Implications for Separability in Household Decisions and Policy Assessment,” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 50(4): 602–627.

Tsiboe, F., Y.A. Zereyesus, J.S. Popp, and E. Osei. 2018. “The Effect of Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture on Household Nutrition and Food Poverty in Northern Ghana,” Social Indicators Research, 138(1): 89–108. 

Dlamini, T., L. Nalley, F. Tsiboe, A. Barkley, and A. Shew. 2017. “The Economic Impact of the South African Agricultural Research Council’s Dry Beans Breeding Program,” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 49(02): 232–250.

Musliu, A., E. Bajrami, F. Tsiboe, and J.S. Popp. 2017. “Evaluating the impact of the Value Added Tax reform on Raw Milk Collection in Kosovo,” New Medit: A Mediterranean Journal of Economics, Agriculture and Environment, 16(1): 29–35.

  Nalley, L., J. Tack, A. Durand, G. Thoma, F. Tsiboe, A. Shew, and A. Barkley.  2017. “The Production, Consumption, and Environmental Impacts of Rice Hybridization in the United States,” Agronomy Journal, 109(1): 193.

Shew, A.M., D.M. Danforth, L.L. Nalley, R.M. Nayga, F. Tsiboe, and B.L. Dixon. 2017. “New Innovations in Agricultural Biotech: Consumer Acceptance of Topical RNAi in Rice Production,” Food Control, 81: 189–195. 

Tsiboe, F., LL. Nalley, A. Durand, G. Thoma, A. Shew, A. Durand-Morat.  2017. “The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Sheath Blight Resistance in Rice,” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 42(2): 215–235. 

Tsiboe, F., J.S. Popp, and K.R. Brye. 2017. “Profitability of Alternative Management Practices in a Wheat-Soybean, Double-Crop Production System in Arkansas,” Agronomy Journal, 109(5): 2149. 

Zereyesus, Y.A., W.T. Embaye, F. Tsiboe, and V. Amanor-Boadu.  2017. “Implications of Non-Farm Work to Vulnerability to Food Poverty-Recent Evidence from Northern Ghana,” World Development, 91: 113–124.

Nalley, L., F. Tsiboe, A. Durand-Morat A. Shew, and G. Thoma. 2016. “Economic and Environmental Impact of Rice Blast Pathogen (Magnaporthe Oryzae) Alleviation in the United States,” PLOS ONE, 11(12): e0167295.

Tsiboe, F., B.L. Dixon, L.L. Nalley, J.S. Popp, and J. Luckstead. 2016. “Estimating the Impact of Farmer Field Schools in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Cocoa,” Agricultural Economics, 47(3): 329–339.

Tsiboe, F., Y.A. Zereyesus, and E. Osei. 2016. “Non-Farm Work, Food Poverty, and Nutrient Availability in Northern Ghana,” Journal of Rural Studies, 47: 97–107.