Ismaël Fofana is a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Manager of the West and Central Africa Office (WCAO) in Dakar, Senegal. He coordinates the network activities of th African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium including training, grants, publications and communication programmes. He worked as researcher for the Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) research network at Laval University in Quebec between 2001 and 2010 and served as Director of its African Office in Dakar, Senegal from 2005 to 2007. He holds a Doctorat in Economics from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne in France, a Master of Arts in Economics from the Laval University in Canada, and an Engineer Diploma in Agricultural Economics from the ESA Mograne in Tunisia. His principal area of expertise is on the issues of energy and climate vulnerabilities and policies. His has been conducting research and providing technical support to researchers in developing countries on building Social Accounting Matrices, and Poverty and Gender focused Computable General Equilibrium Models to assess the macro-micro links of public policy in such a way issues of poverty, equity, growth and macro dynamics are better understood. Currently, his principal research interest lies in the economic foresight and strategic planning for food and energy security in Africa.
Selected publications


Cockburn, John; Fofana, Ismaël; & Tiberti, Luca. 2012. Simulating the Impact of the Global Economic Crisis and Policy Responses on Children in West and Central Africa. [PDF] in Harper, C.; Jones, N.; Mendoza, R. U.; Stewart, D.; and Strand, E. "Children in Crisis, Seeking Child-Sensitive Policy Responses" Rethinking International Development Series. Palrave Macmillan.

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Chitiga, Margaret; Fofana, Ismaël; & Mabugu Ramos. 2012. The Poverty Implication of High Oil Prices in South Africa. Environment and Development Economics.



Fofana, Ismaël; Chatti, Rim; Corong, Erwin; Bibi, Sami; Bouazouni, Omar. 2012. Taxation Policy and Gender Employment in The Middle East and North Africa Region: A Comparative Analysis of Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia". Discussion Paper, No 01227. Washignton D.C: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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Fofana, Ismaël. 2012. Including Women in the Policy Responses to High Oil Prices: A Case Study of South Africa.

Discussion Paper, No 1169. Washignton D.C: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).