Emily Ouma

Emily Ouma

Senior Scientist, Agricultural Economist

Emily Ouma is a Senior Scientist, Agricultural Economist working with the Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods Program at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Uganda. She works in a multidisciplinary team of scientists to design, test and evaluate technical and institutional interventions to improve livelihoods, incomes and assets of smallholder pig value chain actors in Uganda. She leads a USAID-Feed the Future funded Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems project in Rwanda that focusses on enhancing the quality and consumption of milk in Rwanda through, behaviour change nutrition communication, and strengthening of dairy cooperatives capacities. She has vast experience working with crop-livestock farmers in Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DRC through a DGDC funded CIALCA project, led by IITA.

Emily's research areas and fields of interest include smallholder farm level competitiveness, agri-food value chain analysis, ex-ante and ex-post impact assessment of agricultural technologies and institutional arrangements, consumer economics, non-market valuation methods, gender, and environmental and resource economics. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kiel in Germany.

My Projects



Boosting Uganda’s investment in livestock development


Programme for climate-smart livestock systems

Enhancing milk quality and consumption for improved income and nutrition in Rwanda

Enhancing milk quality and consumption for improved income and nutrition in Rwanda

More pork by and for the poor: Catalyzing emerging smallholder pig value chains in Uganda for food security and poverty reduction

My Blog Posts


Drivers and risk factors of Rift Valley fever in Uganda: Findings from a preliminary survey

My Publications

Pathways for livestock keeping for improved nutrition: Lessons learned in East Africa

  • Flax, V.L.
  • Ouma, Emily A.
  • Baltenweck, Isabelle
  • Omosa, Esther B.
  • Girard, Amy W.
  • Jensen, Nathan
  • Domínguez Salas, Paula

The Rwanda pig value chains and ongoing initiatives

  • Ouma, Emily A.
  • Hirwa, Claire
  • Ntawubizi, Martin
  • Uwituze, Solange
  • Lukuyu, Ben A.
  • Marshall, Karen
  • Baho, Hortence
  • Shirimpumu, Jean Claude
  • Mutoni, Gilbert
  • Achandi, Esther
  • Dione, Michel M.

Poultry health constraints in smallholder village poultry systems in Northern Ghana and Central Tanzania

  • Ouma, Emily A.
  • Kankya, C.
  • Dione, Michel M.
  • Kelly, T.
  • Enahoro, Dolapo K.
  • Chiwanga, G.
  • Abukari, Y.
  • Msoffe, P.
  • Kayang, B.B.
  • Zhou, H.

Cooperative membership effects on farmers’ choice of milk marketing channels in Rwanda

  • Habiyaremye, Naphtal
  • Mtimet, Nadhem
  • Ouma, Emily A.
  • Obare, G.A.

Gender roles and masculinities in leveraging milk for household nutrition: Evidence from two districts in Rwanda

  • Farnworth, Cathy Rozel
  • Jumba, Humphrey
  • Otieno, P.E.
  • Galiè, Alessandra
  • Ouma, Emily A.
  • Flax, Valerie L.
  • Colverson, Kathleen E.
  • Schreiner, M.-A.

Economic losses associated with respiratory and helminth infections in domestic pigs in Lira district, Northern Uganda

  • Oba, Peter
  • Dione, Michel M.
  • Mwiine, F.N.
  • Wieland, Barbara
  • Erume, J.
  • Ouma, Emily A.