Dr. Boubaker Dhehibi is an agricultural resource economist. His current research interests include production economics; economics of climate change; natural resources management; technology adoption and impact assessment, applied micro-econometrics; economic modelling; and competitiveness and productive analysis of the agricultural sector in the MENA region.
Dr. Dhehibi joined the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in 2011 as an associate scientist and is currently a senior scientist in the Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Systems (RALS) program. His research portfolios include innovations in partnerships, policies and platforms for the efficient, inclusive and climate-resilient transformation of agrifood systems for the CGIAR initiative on From Fragility to Resilience in Central and West Asia and North Africa (F2R-CWANA) in five countries, inclusive business models and financing strategies for the CG-Agro-ecology initiative on Transformational Agroecology Across Food, Land, and Water Systems (AEi), and for the Arabian Peninsula Regional Program in the six GCC countries and Yemen. During the period 2011-2022, he has supported research projects in over 18 countries in North Africa, the Middle East, West Asia, and Arabian Peninsula.
Before joining ICARDA, Dr. Dhehibi served as a principal economist at the Tunisian Institute of Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies and the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation in Tunisia. During this time, he conducted economic and social research related to the impact of policies and economic and social reforms on development objectives. Prior to this, he worked as a researcher for the Tunisian government’s Department of Agricultural Economics, conducting analysis on agricultural and economic growth and the effects of trade liberalization on the agricultural sector.
Dr. Dhehibi has authored more than 120 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, policy briefs, position papers, book chapters, working papers, and technical reports. He is a recipient of a number of awards, including the 2009 Second Medal Prize for the best research paper given by the Global Development Network on Economics of Natural Resources. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Zaragoza, Spain.