Dr. Eva-Marie MeemkenPostdoctoral fellow Email: emm253@cornell.edu

About me

I'm an agricultural economist and postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen (Germany) and studied in Germany (University of Kassel and Hohenheim), Mexico (University of Yucatán), and the USA (Purdue). I conducted fieldwork in Peru, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Cote d'Ivoire. For further information, please see my CV.

My research

My research focuses on the implications of the modernization and globalization of agricultural value chains for smallholder farmers and rural workers in developing countries. I'm particularly interested in the effect of sustainability standards (e.g., Fairtrade or Organic) on socioeconomic outcomes, such as gender equality, child education, and household nutrition.


Meemken, E.-M., Sellare, J., Kouame, C.N., Qaim, M. (2019): Effects of Fairtrade on the livelihoods of poor rural workers. Nature Sustainability. 10.1038/s41893-019-0311-5

Meemken, E.-M., Qaim, M., 2018a. Can private food standards promote gender equality in the small farm sector? Journal of Rural Studies 58, 39–51. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.12.030.

Meemken, E.-M., Qaim, M., 2018b. Organic agriculture, food security, and the environment. Annual Review of Resource Economics 10, 39–63. 10.1146/annurev-resource-100517-023252.

Meemken, E.-M., Spielman, D.J., Qaim, M., 2017a. Trading off nutrition and education? A panel data analysis of the dissimilar welfare effects of Organic and Fairtrade standards. Food Policy 71, 74–85. 10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.07.010.

Meemken, E.-M., Veettil, P.C., Qaim, M., 2017b. Toward improving the design of sustainability standards – A gendered analysis of farmers’ preferences. World Development 99, 285–298. 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.05.021

Working papers

Meemken, E.-M. and Bellemare, M.F. Gains to smallholder farmers in developing countries from modernizing agricultural value chains (unpublished)

Meemken, E.-M. Do smallholder farmers benefit from sustainability standards? A systematic review and meta-analysis (unpublished)

Sellare, J., Meemken, E.-M., Kouame, C.N., Qaim, M. 2019: Do sustainability standards benefit smallholder farmers also when accounting for cooperative effects? Evidence from Cote d’Ivoire. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 129, University of Goettingen.

Work in progress

Agricultural trade and migration

Worker welfare and employment contracts in Cote d’Ivoire (RCT in cooperation with the University of Goettingen and World Agroforestry Center)

Non-scientific publications and media


PBS Nova

Rural 21

IFPRI blog

Podcast series "Agrardebatten" (German)