The Team

        Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. & Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He is a Fellow of           both the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the African Agricultural Economics Association. He has worked on a wide                  variety of topics, including poverty, food security, and their relationship with environmental stress, with extensive fieldwork experience in                East and Southern Africa. He has published over 260 articles and 14 books. Current projects include an NSF and Harvest Plus supported                  project that focuses on building a long-term panel of plot-level data to evaluate the role of soil fertility and micro-nutrient content on                                                  smallholder productivity and child nutritional status in Africa. To see Prof. Barrett's website, please click here.

 

        Ephraim Chirwa obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia in the UK. He is currently a Professor of Economics at              the Chancellor College, University of Malawi. His previous work includes assessing the impact of financial services in Malawi and            conducting an impact evaluation of the infrastructure services project. 

 

        Eric Kaima is the Program Manager for ISFM-Malawi. He obtained a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Bunda College and completed             his M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics in 2013 from the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University in India. His previous work includes                           assessing the role of ICT in agricultural markets, understanding the determinants of food prices and studying the relationship between                   growth and inflation. 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Annemie Maertens is a lecturer at Sussex University in the UK. She obtained her PhD in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell          University in 2010. She approaches poverty and low agricultural productivity from a social and behavioral angle, investigating the role of                  social networks, leaders and individual preferences regarding time and risk. To see Prof. Maertens' website, please click here.

 

        Wezi Mhango obtained PhD in Crop Sciences from Michigan State University in 2011. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Agronomy at the            Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. Mhango worked from 2006-2010 on a McKnight Foundation Collaborative Crop        Research Program where she examined the effects of legumes from improving soil and family nutrition. Current projects include agro-                  ecological intensification through action research with smallholder farmers funded primarily by USAID and Africa Rising. 

 

     Hope Michelson is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She               earned her PhD in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University in 2010. Her work sits at the intersection of soil fertility,                   market participation and food security. Current projects investigate the relationship between food security and mineral fertilizer use in sub-         Saharan Africa, the effects of the provision of soil information on smallholder farmer production and investment in Tanzania, the structure of       Walmart's fresh fruit and vegetable supply chains in China, and farmer preferences over different combinations of ISFM technologies in                                            Malawi. To see Prof. Michelson's website, please click here

 

 

     Wupe Msukwa is Research Assistant for ISFM - Malawi. He has a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Bunda College (2013). He has                           experience with conducting, entering and analyzing farmer surveys in Malawi. He has, among others, studied the determinants modern and       open pollen maize cultivar adoption. He is interested in understanding the role of agricultural extension services in the Malawian context and       hopes to become a development practitioner at an international organization in the future.

 

     Annie Mtanga is a Research Assistant for ISFM - Malawi. She obtained a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Agricultural extension from the                 University of Malawi Bunda College of agriculture in 2013. She has experience in working directly with smallholder farmers in rural areas of             Malawi, helping them take on new agricultural technologies and obtain information, and providing them with necessary skills and                           knowledge in order to improve their living standards. Annie hopes to continue helping rural farmers and become a rural development                   specialist.

 

 

   Hastings Nhlane is a Research Assistant for ISFM-Malawi. He holds a BSc Degree in Agriculture obtained from the University of Malawi, Bunda     College of Agriculture. Hastings has among other things studied the effectiveness of the 2013/2014 Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) in               Nkhotakota District assessed the status of rural-urban Migration in Mchinji district and served as the President of Bunda College of                           Agriculture  Students Union. Hastings is a proactive, organised, enthusiastic, innovative and patriotic gentleman who hopes to become a               Social-Economic Development Practitioner/Advocate.

 

 

   Vesall Nourani is a PhD Student in Economics at Cornell University and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Through his PhD. research, he                 hopes  to contribute to discourses on the functions of community institutions and structures in contributing to learning and coordination             processes. Alongside the ISFM project in Malawi, he is currently working on a project that studies the role of social learning in the adoption of       an export crop among Ghanaian farmers. Vesall received his B.A. with honors in Political Science and Economics from the University of North       Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. From 2008 to 2012, Vesall worked as a research associate at RTI International in North Carolina.

 

 

      Cheryl Palm is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research in the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program at the Earth          Institute, Columbia University. A tropical ecologist and biogeochemist, Dr. Palm's research focuses on land use change, degradation and                rehabilitation, and ecosystem processes in tropical agricultural landscapes. Dr. Palm served as Principal Research Scientist of the Tropical              Soil Biology and Fertility Program in Nairobi, Kenya from 1991 - 2001. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomists and served as              chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI) from 2008 - 2011. To see Dr. Palm's website, please click here.

 

     Kwabena Krah is currently a PhD student in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds         a BSc. Agriculture and MSc. Agricultural Economics from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and Mississippi State University respectively.             He   is currently examining smallholders’ preferences for soil fertility management attributes and how their subjective perceptions of climatic       variability affect their preferences. His previous work include using choice experiments to examine producer preferences for contracts on               risky bioenergy crops.

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Christopher Kalima Phiri
was a Research Assistant for ISFM-Malawi in 2018. He obtained his BSc. in Agronomy in 2015 from Bunda College of         Agriculture and an MSc. in Agronomy in 2018 from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).

   

 

   Paavani Sachdeva is a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Panjab     University, India and a Masters degree in Environmental and Resource Economics from TERI University, New Delhi, India. She was a part of the     LAMP Fellowship cohort in 2014-15. Her research interests include land use change, natural resource management, the intersection of                     environment, public health and political economy.