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Luther G. Tweeten Special Purpose Fund

Call for Applications

You can learn more about submitting an application for a Tweeten Scholarship in the call for applications. Applications are due in early October for the following year's scholarships.

Luther G. Tweeten Special Purpose Fund provides support for graduate student research on socioeconomic problems of Africa, especially addressing issues of food, population, and environment that affect economic development, poverty, and food security.

You can donate to the Tweeten fund using the Trust donation form.

Luther G. Tweeten

Dr. Tweeten's impact on the profession is clearly evident in two ways - the numerous awards and honors he has won, and the prominent place in the minds of producers and residents of his adopted home state of Ohio.

Dr. Tweeten spent more than 20 years as a professor of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University, and is currently a professor emeritus of agricultural policy and trade at The Ohio State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1988. His extensive international experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America is highlighted in his more than 500 journal articles and papers and seven published books, as well as in his research in public policy and economic development and trade.

Dr. Tweeten was named a Fellow of the AAEA in 1983, and has received numerous AAEA awards for his research and writings. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association in 2000, and earned the Henry A. Wallace Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture in 1995 from his alma mater, Iowa State University.

Tweeten Scholarship Recipients

2015: Sylvan Herskowitz, University of California, Berkeley

The past winners of the Tweeten Scholarship and the areas of research funded by the scholarship are listed below.

  • 2014: Aine Seitz McCarthy, University of Minnesota, Evaluating the impact of a family planning program designed to improve education about and access to contraceptives in the Meatu District of rural Tanzania
  • 2013: Comlanvi Sitou Akibode Michigan State University, Measuring the impacts of international land transactions on governments, communities and international investors: conceptual, theoretical and empirical framework
  • 2013: Teevrat Garg, Cornell University, The Determinants and Consequences of Migratory Pastoralism: Evidence from Ethiopia and Kenya
  • 2013:  Michael Mulford, Cornell University, Behavioral Responses of Smallholder Farmers in the Presence of Asset Bifurcation Thresholds
  • 2013: Asare Twum-Barima, University of California at Davis, Cholera Epidemics and Strategic Interactions among Households in Africa
  • 2012: Julia Berazneva, Cornell University, Reconciling Food, Energy and Environmental Outcomes: Three Essays on the Economics of Biomass Management in Western Kenya
  • 2012: Kepifri Lakoh, University of Nebraska, Analysis of the Welfare Effects of Foreign Biofuel Investments in Africa
  • 2012: Romina Ordonez, University of Maryland, Willingness to Pay for Information about Maize Moisture Content among Maize Traders and Schools’ Feeding Programs Administrators in Kenya
  • 2011: Aude Liliana Pujula, Louisiana State University, Agricultural Policies in Ghana
  • 2010: David Kaczan, University of Alberta, Designing an Incentive Scheme to Promote Biodiversity Conservation
    in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
  • 2008-2009: Joseph Frank Mgaya, The Ohio State University, Market Opportunities and Supply Chain Constraints for Sorghum and Millet Producers in the Feed Concentrate Industry in Tanzania