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Enrichment Grant Supports Study of Production Practices in Guatemala

Corinne Bocci traveled to Guatemala to conduct focus groups and interviews with ramón producers.An Academic Enrichment Grant of $3,500 from the Office of International Affairs allowed applied microeconomist Corinne Bocci to travel to the Petén department in Guatemala to conduct focus groups and interviews with ramón producers. A PhD candidate in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Bocci used the grant to support her project “Evaluating Ethics: an analysis of environmentally friendly and ethically responsible production practices.”

"These focus groups and interviews helped me gather insight on which ethically responsible and environmentally friendly production practices are important to local households and what can be feasibly done to improve the industry. Because I gathered this information, I was able to use it to create a survey and choice experiment on ethically responsible and environmentally friendly production practices to determine if consumers around Columbus Ohio are willing to pay a premium for ramón products that are produced using these responsible production practices."

"This project would not have been possible without this grant and I believe this project will have a profound effect on households in rural Guatemala as well as consumers of responsibly sourced food products in the United States," states Bocci.