Trent Blare


Trent hails from a small livestock and grain farm in western South Dakota, USA. He obtained a B.Sc. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Trent served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, where he supported cocoa farmers’ associations in agronomic training programs and market development. At the University of Florida, his research examined how subsistence and ecological benefits from cocoa agroforests influence smallholder household’s decision to adopt agroforestry production methods. He also examined the difference in the value that women and men place on cocoa agroforests as well as women’s ability to influence the household production decision in Ecuador. Since joining ICRAF in Lima, Peru, Trent’s research has focused on value chains, gender analysis, economic games, and payment for environmental services schemes.