Abdul-Rahim Abdulai

Abdul-Rahim Abdulai is post-doctoral research Fellow at the Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT. His work focuses on the political economy of the transformation of food systems. He is interested in the mechanisms of navigating and leveraging politics in the policy space to nudge food systems toward sustainable directions.

Abdul-Rahim has expertise and interest in the political economy of food and agricultural systems/policies (transformations), digital agricultural technologies and innovations, socio-technical transitions, and rural development.

Abdul-Rahim’s previous research drew on political economy and social practices to explore the implications of digital agricultural technologies for smallholders in Ghana, where he highlighted some of the key determinants of adoption, the challenges to digitalization at the smallholder level, the effects of farmers' lived experiences and practices, and the ways forward for successful digital futures in sub-Sahara Africa. His work was instrumental in uncovering the social and political enablers and barriers to diffusion/scaling of digital technologies in agri-food systems and their subsequent change effects in farm households and rural landscapes.

Abdul-Rahim holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Guelph, Canada,an MA in Environmental Policy from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and a BSc in Development/Policy Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Abdul-Rahim is also passionate about science communication and knowledge mobilization. He has translated some of his work for many non-scientific and popular media such as Conversation.ca, Conversation.Africa, Agrilinks, and Canada’s leading news outlet, Globe and Mail.

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