Aicha Mechri

Responsibilities at the SLE
Research Associate

SLE RESEARCH: Sustainability of modern agri-food systems (AES) - requirements for the development and promotion of agri-food value chains in development cooperation.


Professional profile

Agricultural Economist: Analytical and technical work on agricultural statistics with a focus on methodologies for estimating production costs, farm-level productivity, and efficiency. Development of training material for statisticians and agricultural officers in developing countries in Africa and Asia-Pacific. Experience in supporting developing countries in farm level data collection and analysis, working with and within governments, development organizations, and NGOs. Training session development and capacity building in data collection and analysis, policy analysis, and sector analysis. Benchmarking of production systems and their economics.

Short Curriculum Vitae
Since 2021

Research Assistant for SLE RESEARCH, Centre for Rural Development, Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute, Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin

Since 2020 PhD student, Division of the Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives, Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute, Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Department of Food and Agricultural Statistics
Consultant for the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics: Methodological research for agricultural production costs, productivity and efficiency measurement; Technical assistance for agricultural statistics programs in Africa and Asia/Pacific regions

2012 - 2013

Guest researcher - Thünen Institute of Farm economics, Braunschweig, Germany

Established and coordinated the activities of agri benchmark Cash Crop and Beef and Sheep networks in the Maghreb countries

2010 - 2011 Consultant - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Sub Regional Office for North Africa

Establishment of a Food and Agriculture Policy Decisions Monitoring System in North Africa after the world food price crisis (2007 – 2008)
2009 - 2010

Consultant - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Tunis

Supported the integration of the Tunisian olive oil in European markets: founding of an olive oil p roducers association

2010 - 2014

Master degree in Agricultural Economics Higher Institute of Agricultural Sciences – University of Carthago, Tunisia: Institutional Management of Irrigation Water Associations

2004 - 2009

Engineering degree in Agronomy / Agricultural Sciences. University of Carthago, Tunisia/ University of Sousse Tunisia

Selected Publications
  • Mechri, A., Bako D. (2018). Accelerated Technical Assistance Plan for Africa ‐Global Office Final report. Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, FAO, December 2018
  • Cachia, F., Lys, P., and Mechri, A. (2018). Guidelines for Measurement of Agricultural Productivity and Efficiency. Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, FAO, June 2018
  • Cachia, F., Mechri, A. and Lys, P. (2017). Productivity and Efficiency Measurement in Agriculture – Literature Review and Gaps Analysis. Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, FAO, February 2017
  • Mechri, A. and Morgan, N., (2016). Designing Cost of Production Questionnaires: A Pilot Study in Tunisia. Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, FAO, June 2016