Trent Blare

Trent Blare
University of Florida | UF · Tropical Research and Education Center

PhD

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Introduction
Trent's areas of focus include Behavioral Economics, Environmental Economics and Development Economics. He currently is an assistant professor the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center where he is developing a research and extension program to develop inclusive value chains to enhance all farmers' access to local markets and the sustainable use of nature resources in Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Additional affiliations
November 2018 - present
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Position
  • Marksts and Value Chain Specialist
Description
  • Analyzing local and international marketing opportunities for native maize in support of smallholder farmer organizations in central and southern Mexico
August 2014 - November 2018
World Agroforestry Centre
Position
  • Markets and Value Chain Specialist
Description
  • Conducted research in Latin America on inclusive value chain development, smallholder enterprises, and local food systems in coordination with local and international NGOs, donor agencies, the food industry and governmental agencies
August 2008 - August 2014
University of Florida
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Assisted in agricultural development research and in teaching classes in statistics, micro economics, and development
Education
August 2010 - December 2014
University of Florida
Field of study
  • Food and Resource Economics
August 2008 - August 2010
University of Florida
Field of study
  • Food and Resource Economics
August 2000 - August 2004
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Field of study
  • Agricultural Economics

Publications

Publications (47)
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Agroforestry cacao production provides many more benefits to smallholders than just cash income from the sale of cacao. This research examines the value that women and men place on these environmental and ecological benefits. Results from a choice experiment reveal that both men and women positively value the associated crops in the agroforest but...
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Urbanization, changes in the retail sector and economic growth in developing countries may offer new opportunities to build connections between urban consumers and nearby farmers. The design of strategies to build such connections will require deeper insights into the food preferences of urban consumers. This paper presents a choice experiment of t...
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Agri-cooperatives play an important role in helping resource-poor farmers reach high-value markets. In addition to linking smallholders to markets, cooperatives provide their members with various services, such as extension, credit, input subsidies, and social programmes. While the literature contains many examples of success, there has been limite...
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Governments and NGOs have enthusiastically promoted value chains for lesser-known indigenous fruits in the pursuit of poverty reduction and other development goals. This paper examines experiences in Peru in building the value chain for camu-camu—a fruit native to the Amazon that is in the process of being domesticated. We look at interventions to...
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This article highlights the impacts of saltwater intrusion and flooding on the health of agricultural soils. It also discusses management practices to reduce the negative impacts of soil salinity due to saltwater intrusion and/or flooding. Written by Haimanote K. Bayabil, Yuncong Li, Jonathan H. Crane, Bruce Schaffer, Ashley R. Smyth, Shouan Zhang,...
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This publication provides an estimate of the costs and returns associated with an established mango orchard in south Florida. It demonstrates that mangos are a profitable alternative for growers in south Florida, with growers earning on average $4,487/acre/year or $0.24/pound, which is larger than many other tropical fruits. Information in this pub...
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Ese articulo analiza los costos y ingreos esperados en la producción de mango en el sur de Florida. Estimamos que el retorno neto promedio de una plantación establecida de mango en el sur de Florida es de $4,487/acre o de $0.24/libra. La rentabilidad del cultivo de mango en comparación con otros cultivos de frutas tropicales es una opción muy atrac...
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Disease and foreign competition have made many growers question the viability of traditional commodity crops such as tomatoes, citrus, and avocados. Industrial hemp appears to be an attractive alternative, as the 2018 Farm Bill permitted its production. Florida has followed several other states in approving permits in 2020 to allow production of in...
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Restaurants can improve the quality and reliability of their input supplies and gain favor with consumers through direct sourcing while also contributing to development goals around sustainable production and income generation. However, limited evidence exists on the willingness of restaurants to invest in direct sourcing, the implications of these...
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Guava is planted thorugh the Tropics and SubTropics and has adapted to a variety of climatic conditions. Florida is the primary producer of guava in the United States. This crop is valued at $3.2 million at the packing house. The growing interest in alternative tropical crops in the last few years has led to increasing interest in this crop. This p...
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Enterprise budgets help farmers and ranchers estimate expenses, potential revenue, and profit. UF/IFAS provides enterprise budgets for a variety of Florida-grown commodities. These are typically built collaboratively by economists, horticulturists and agronomists, ranchers, and growers. This publication highlights key aspects of the enterprise budg...
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Gender roles in Ecuador have been evolving over the last half century, as gender equality has been included in the constitution, laws have included equity in inheritance and joint ownership of property rights, and overall cultural acceptance has allowed women to have a growing presence in the economic and political spheres of the country. However,...
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Este artículo presenta el devenir de asociaciones de mujeres que trabajan con agroecología y que han logrado cierta relevancia en sus esfuerzos por insertarse diferenciadamente en mercados urbanos. Se trata de productoras de muy pequeña escala, mujeres campesinas consideradas como productoras de subsistencia con eventual interés en la asociación. N...
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Land inequality fundamentally undermines the ambition of leaving no one behind in achieving sustainable development globally. Measures against land inequality must challenge its fundamental drivers through alternative approaches to agricultural development. These drivers include the increasing concentration of agri-food industry operations and bene...
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This study examined consumers’ purchasing habits and demand in peri-urban Mexico City for three types of tortillas: i) machine-made white, ii) handmade white, and iii) handmade blue. As part of a sensory analysis, the participants rated the blue maize tortillas significantly higher across all categories (overall score, flavour, smell, texture in mo...
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Dos ejemplos de agroforestería centrada en la producción de cacao –uno en Ecuador, el otro en el Perú– muestran los beneficios de este sistema para el logro de la soberanía alimentaria, para la resiliencia ante los efectos del cambio climático y en especial para el empoderamiento de las mujeres que representan un sector particularmente vulnerable a...
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This article examines why and how nine coffee businesses in Central America engaged with multiple certification systems and the related functions and benefits. The businesses implemented, on average, four systems. Certification, in general, strengthened their negotiation position vis‐à‐vis exporters and international buyers, whereas multiple certif...
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Stakeholder preferences for the conservation of cacao agroforests are scarcely known. Here, a revealed preference model was used to estimate the value that smallholders place on the conservation of their cacao agroforests in coastal Ecuador. Variables in the model included plot level data (the gender of those who owned and managed the plot, profit,...
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El cacao es un importante cultivo comercial en las economías rurales de la costa de Ecuador y del Amazonas peruano, donde casi todos los productores son pequeños agricultores que dependen del cacao como principal fuente de ingresos. • Las mujeres están muy involucradas en la producción de cacao, y a menudo realizan las mismas tareas que los hombres...
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Policy brief describing women's inclusion in the cocoa value chain in Ecuador and Peru
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Bringing inclusion into value chain development requires interventions that account for gender-based constraints and opportunities. Key determinants of women's capacity to participate are their availability and access to interventions. Twenty-four-hour recall surveys with 53 women from households engaged in a cacao expansion intervention in Peru fo...
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This note presents a practical approach by which cooperatives strengthen their ability to deliver impactful and financially sustainable services. In doing so, it recognises the challenges faced by cooperatives to design services that both meet the different needs of members and are financially sustainable. Too often cooperative services are support...
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Research has shown that men and women place different values on environmental services obtained and agricultural practices that contribute to the restoration and conservation of these services with several studies pointing out that women have a preference for agroforestry and other sustainable production methods. Our research used game theory to de...
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Una tarea pendiente de gran importancia en el ámbito de la agroecología es el tendido de lazos entre los agricultores de pequeña escala y los consumidores interesados en su producción. Para ello es indispensable estudiar los elementos y actores que participan entre uno y otro extremos de la relación –intermediarios, mercados, restaurantes, agencias...
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This article presents a review of seven guides for gender-equitable value chain development (VCD). The guides advocate persuasively the integration of gender into VCD programming and raise important issues for designing more inclusive interventions. However, gaps persist in their coverage of gender-based constraints in collective enterprises, the i...
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‘Sustainable cocoa’ has attracted considerable attention. However, stakeholders in cocoa development may differ in their understanding of sustainable cocoa, their interests and actions taken in advancing sustainable cocoa. This article analyses cocoa sustainability at nested scales and analyses to what extent sustainability standards, policies and...
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Men have been shown to prefer crops and tree species that provide the greatest economic return while women place greater importance on products that meet medicinal and household consumption needs. However, these studies have yet to prove whether these gendered differences in preferences translate into variations in the adoption of agricultural prod...
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Data collected from interviews with 53 women whose families have participated in an intervention supported by Lutheran World Relief and Sumaquo to promote cocoa production in the VRAEM, Peru. The survey asked about how women spent their day, their aspirations, and how their time limitations inhibited their ability to participate in coca production.
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Articulo en la Revista Agronoticias, una de las mas grandes revistas agrícolas en Perú, sobre nuestro estudio de la cadena de valor de camu-camu http://www.agronoticiasperu.com/421/perspectivas421-4.htm
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We interviewed 46 hotel and restaurant administrators (chefs, owners, managers) on their preference for locally sources food as well as their purchase of and access to these goods.
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Survey of 300 consumers in the Wanchaq Market of their preferences for local foods. It includes demographic data of the respondents as well as a choice experiment to determine the value the consumers place on local apples, pears, and avocados. The survey instrument is also included in the document.
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In Ecuador, many institutions including the government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been promoting agroforestry cacao production as an additional income source for smallholder farmers and because of the ecological benefits provided by this production method. However, the social impacts of these programs on gender relations have la...
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Data from surveys of 53 camu camu producing households in the Ucayali province collected in September and October 2014
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Our research examines how the changing cultural norms and legal status in Ecuador have impacted women’s empowerment in the agricultural sector and in rural communities. Cacao provides a particularly relevant case because of its economic and ecological importance to Ecuador and the region. The traditional cacao agroforests also provide many ecologic...
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The use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) is supported as a solution for sustainable agricultural development. While NTFP advocates claim these resources offer a financial incentive to smallholder households, this incentive is often smaller than the income received in agricultural monoculture systems. Rural households often utilize NTFPs or ado...
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Many factors besides profit maximization such as nonmarket ecological and social benefits influence smallholder households to adopt one agricultural production system or another. Thus, different techniques are needed that take into consideration more than monetary income to fully capture these additional benefits in order to better understand the p...

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Projects (9)
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Promote inclusive and sustainable value chains and natural resource governance
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Flagship 3 research works under the assumption that complementary public and private institutional arrangements, aligned with finance, may create the conditions for more and more farmers and businesses to adopt sustainable practices and help integrate smallholders and SMEs in global value chains. These three groups of activities have interconnected goals and approaches. The first one examines the policy and institutional environment shaping the structure and dynamics of timber and agricultural commodity value chains (oil palm, rubber, soybean and beef) that are articulated to global markets and contribute significantly to deforestation and forest degradation. The second focuses on business models in timber and tree-crop value chains (e.g. palm oil, cacao, coffee and coconut) that link corporations with smallholder farmers and SMEs. The third cluster assesses how the financial sector influences the social and environmental performance of value chains and businesses, and how innovative finance provides opportunities for smallholders and SMEs. The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) is the world's largest research for development program to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development and food security and to address climate change. CIFOR leads FTA in partnership with Bioversity International, CATIE, CIRAD, ICRAF, INBAR and TBI.