Congratulations to Dr. Brad Mills for co-editing the recently published Safety News in Africa: Effective Mechanisms to Reach the Poor and Most Vulnerable. Published by the World Bank, the book demonstrates with empirical evidence that it is possible to reach the poorest and most vulnerable people with safety net programs, and it provides lessons for the effective use of targeting methods to achieve this outcome in Sub-Saharan Africa. The book arises out of three years of collaborative work between the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAEC) at Virginia Tech and the World Bank. Former AAEC M.S.student Kimberly Groover and Ph,D student Quentin Stoeffler are chapter contributors. The book is a must read for those responsible for the design and implementation of social safety nets in Africa. Brad Mills is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech where he studies the roles that technology, education, and social safety nets play in determining household well-being.
June 2, 2015