Takeshi Sakurai

Takeshi Sakurai, Professor

  • Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
  • Laboratory of Rural Development and Finance

Contact information

Email: atsakura@mail.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Phone number: +81-3-5841-5463

HP: http://park.itc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ruralfinance/

Professional Experience & Education

2014~Present: Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
2009~2014: Professor, Institute of Economics, Hitotsubashi University
2008: Professor, Faculty of Economics and Management, Wako University
2008: Visiting Professor, International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education, Nagoya University
2004~2008: Senior Economist, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1999~2004: Senior Economist, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
1999~2003: Agricultural Economist, West Africa Rice Development Association
1995~1999: Senior Economist, National Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1985~1989: Staff Editor, Nikkei Business Publications
1995: Ph. D., Michigan State University (agricultural economics)
1991: M. S., Michigan State University (agricultural economics)
1985: M. S., Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo (zoology)
1983: B. S., Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo (zoology)

 

Discipline(s)

Agricultural economics, Development Economics

Research interests

Agricultural Technology, Resource Management, Financial Institutions, Poverty,

Nutrition, Impact Assessment, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

Forest environmental analysis using geo-informatics

Study example

  • Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa and Poverty Reduction: The Assessment of Policies Using Panel Data (Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal)
  • Comparative Economic History on the Development of Market Institutions: Taking an Example from Rice in Africa (Madagascar, Nigeria, Ghana, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Japan)
  • Short-term Responses against Shocks and Resilience of Rural Households based on Very High Frequency Panel Data (Zambia)
  • Study on Poverty Dynamics of Rural Households based on Long-term Panel Data (Burkina Faso)
  • Institutions for the Management of Rural Resources and Their Efficiency in South Asia (Nepal and India)
  • Demand for Index-based Insurance and Its Impact in Developing Countries (Zambia and Myanmar)
  • Investigation of Nexus between Agriculture and Nutrition at Household Level in Developing Countries (Ghana, Zambia, and Burkina Faso)

Primary papers

Arimoto, Yutaka, Hisaki Kono, Tsilavo Ralandison, Takeshi Sakurai, and Kazushi Takahashi. “Price and non-price information frictions in regional arbitrage: The case of rice traders in Antananarivo, Madagascar,” Economic Development and Cultural Change (forthcoming).

Sanou, Bakary, Kimseyinga. Savadogo, and Takeshi Sakurai. “Determinants of Adoption and Continuous Use of Improved Maize Seeds in Burkina Faso,” Japanese Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 19, pp. 21-26, March 2017.

Sakurai, Takeshi. “On the Determinants of High Productivity Rice Farming in Irrigated Areas in Senegal: The Efficiency of Large compared with Small-Scale Irrigation Schemes,” In: K. Otsuka and D. F. Larson (eds.), Pursuit of an African Green Revolution: Views from Rice and Maize Farmers’ Fields, Springer Japan, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 119-143, March 2016.

Kanno, Hiromitsu, Takeshi Sakurai, Hitoshi Shinjo, Hidetoshi Miyazaki, Yudai Ishimoto, Tazu Saeki, and Chieko Umetsu. “Analysis of Meteorological Measurements Made over Three Rainy Seasons and Rainfall Simulations in Sinazongwe District, Southern Province, Zambia,” Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly, Vol. 49(1), pp. 59-71, January 2015.

Nasuda, Akiko, Takeshi Sakurai, Hunja Murage, and Daigo Makihara. “Dual role of irrigation schemes for NERICA diffusion in the central highlands in Kenya: sources of supplemental water and technology information,” Journal of International Cooperation for Agricultural Development, No. 13, pp. 29-37, 2014.

Sakurai, Takeshi, Akiko Nasuda, Hunja Murage, and Daigo Makihara. “Impact of Adopting a New Cash Crop: A Randomized Rice Seed Provision Trial in the Kenyan Highlands,” The Japanese Journal of Rural Economics, Vol. 16, pp. 25-32, March 2014.

Ralandison, Tsilavo, Yutaka Arimoto, Mari Tanaka, and Takeshi Sakurai. “Mode of Matching Buyers and Sellers as a Determinant of Efficiency in Madagascar Rice Market,” The Japanese Journal of Rural Economics, Vol. 16, pp. 97-104, March 2014.

deGraft-Johnson, Millicent, Aya Suzuki, Takeshi Sakurai, and Keijiro Otsuka, “On the transferability of the Asian rice green revolution to rainfed areas in sub-Saharan Africa: an assessment of technology intervention in Northern Ghana,” Agricultural Economics, Vol. 45, pp. 555-570, 2014.

Umetsu, Chieko, Thamana Lekprichakul, Takeshi Sakurai, Taro Yamauchi, Yudai Ishimoto, Hidetoshi Miyazaki. “Dynamics of Social-ecological Systems: The Case of Farmers’ Food Security in Semi-Arid Tropics,” In: S. Sakai and C. Umetsu (eds.), Social-Ecological Systems in Transition, Springer, pp. 157-178, 2014.

Kanno, Hiromitsu, Takeshi Sakurai, Hitoshi Shinjo, Hidetoshi Miyazaki, Yudai Ishimoto, Tazu Saeki, Chieko Umetsu, Sesele Sokotela, and Milimo Chiboola. “Indigenous Climate Information and Modern Meteorological Records in Sinazongwe District, Southern Province, Zambia,” Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly, Vol. 47(2), pp. 191-201, 2013.

Futakuchi, Koichi, John Manful, and Takeshi Sakurai. “Improving grain quality of locally produced rice in Africa,” In: Wopereis, M.C.S., D.E. Johnson, N. Ahmadi, E. Tollens, and A. Jalloh (eds.), Realizing Africa’s Rice Promise. CABI, Oxford, UK; Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), Cotonou, Benin, pp. 311–323, October 2013.

Shimono, Hiroyuki, Hidetoshi Miyazaki, Hitoshi Shinjo, Hiromitsu Kanno, and Takeshi Sakurai. “Do Zambian smallholders choose the optimal sowing date for high maize productivity?” Tropical Agriculture and Development, Vol. 56(2), pp. 62-70, 2012.

Miura, Ken, Hiromitsu Kanno, and Takeshi Sakurai. “Shock and Livestock Transactions in Rural Zambia: a Re-examination of the Buffer Stock Hypothesis,” The Japanese Journal of Rural Economics, Vol. 14, pp. 20-34, 2012.

Sakurai, Takeshi, Akiko Nasuda, Akinori Kitsuki, Ken Miura, Taro Yamauchi, and Hiromitsu Kanno. “Measuring Resilience of Household Consumption – The Case of the Southern Province of Zambia –,” Journal of Rural Economics special issue 2011, pp. 393-400, 2011.

Kajisa, Kei, K. Palanisami, and Takeshi Sakurai. “Effects on Poverty and Equity of the Decline in the Collective Tank Irrigation Management in Tamil Nadu, India,” Agricultural Economics, Vol. 36(3), pp. 347-362, May 2007.

Sakurai, Takeshi. “Intensification of Rainfed Lowland Rice Production in West Africa: Present Status and Potential Green Revolution,” Developing Economies, Vol. XLIV(2), pp. 232-251, June 2006.

Sakurai, Takeshi. “Rainfall as an Idiosyncratic Shock: Evidence from West Africa Semi-Arid Tropics,” In: J.S. Caldwell et al (eds.), Supporting Farmer Decisions in Response to Climatic Risk, JIRCAS Working Report No. 49, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, Tsukuba, pp.60-74, March 2006.

Kajisa, Kei and Takeshi Sakurai. “Efficiency and Equity under Output Sharing Contracts in Groundwater Markets: The Case of Madhya Pradesh, India,” Environment and Development Economics, Vol. 10(6), pp. 801-819, December 2005.

Furuya, Jun and Takeshi Sakurai. “Capacity Utilization of Rice Milling Industry and Interlinkage in the Rice Market in Ghana,” Japanese Journal of Rural Economics, Vol. 7, pp. 88-99, March 2005.

Sakurai, Takeshi, Santosh Rayamajhi, Ridish K. Pokharel, and Keijiro Otsuka. “Efficiency of Timber Production in Community and Private Forestry in Nepal,” Environment and Development Economics, Vol. 9(4), pp. 539-561, August 2004.

Kajisa, Kei and Takeshi Sakurai. “Determinants of Groundwater Price under Bilateral Bargaining with Multiple Modes of Contracts: A Case of Madhya Pradesh, India,” Japanese Journal of Rural Economics, Vol. 5, pp. 1-19, March 2003.

Sakurai, Takeshi and K. Palanisami. “Tank Irrigation Management as a Local Common Property: The Case of Tamil Nadu, India,” Agricultural Economics, Vol. 25(2-3), pp. 273-283, September 2001.

Sakurai, Takeshi, Yoko Kijima, Ridish K. Pokharel, Santosh Rayamajhi, and Keijiro Otsuka. “Timber Forest Management in Nepal and Japan,” In: K. Otsuka and F. Place (eds.), Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management: A Comparative Study in Agrarian Communities in Asia and Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA, pp. 315-355, 2001.

Kijima, Yoko, Takeshi Sakurai, and Keijiro Otsuka. “Iriaichi: Collective vs. Individualized Management of Community Forests in Post-War Japan,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 48(4), pp. 862-886, July 2000.

Sakurai, Takeshi and Thomas Reardon. “Potential Demand for Drought Insurance in Burkina Faso and Its Determinants,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 79(4), pp. 1193-1207, December 1997.