Michael Asante is an Agricultural Economist at heart with research interests in international trade, agricultural policy modeling, and rural development, he has specialized in quantitative methods, in particular, mathematical modeling, econometrics and data analysis in general where his skills in handling databases together with proficiency in the corresponding software packages (STATA, SPSS, AGMEMOD, GAMS, etc.) provide the foundation to efficiently analyze research problems. He obtained his bachelor's and post-graduate degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ghana and the University of Hohenheim in Germany respectively, with scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Program). Michael has worked with the Thünen-Institut in Germany as a research fellow, he was also the data and research coordinator at the Institute of Development and Economic Research in Ghana. He is currently a research assistant at the Rural Development Institute.