IAPRI Staff

 

 Executive Committee

Chance Kabaghe

Chance Kabaghe, Msc

Executive Director

Mr Kabaghe has more than 25 years' experience in agricultural policy and agribusiness analysis. His experience spans from lecturing at the University of Zambia in the School of Agricultural Sciences before becoming the first Chief Executive Officer of the Zambia Food Reserve Agency [FRA] from 1995 to 2001. He also served as a Member of Parliament and later as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives in charge of Agriculture Marketing and Planning between 2001 and 2006. As a business entrepreneur, Mr Kabaghe chairs the Boards of some key agribusinesses in Zambia such as SeedCo International Zambia Limited, Zambia Agricultural Commodity Exchange [ZAMACE] and also sits on the COMESA Business Council. Mr Kabaghe has in the past been involved in the development of many agricultural policies in Zambia such as the Agricultural Marketing Bill, Food Reserve Act, Agricultural Credit Act, and the Cotton Act, among others. Mr Kabaghe holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from London University (WYE) and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia.

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Dr. Antony Chapoto

Antony Chapoto, PhD

Research Director

Dr Chapoto joined the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute [IAPRI] in July 2014 as the Research Director from the International Food Policy Research Institute [IFPRI] where he was a Research Fellow under the Development Strategy and Governance Division based in Accra, Ghana with IFPRI's Ghana Strategy Support Program. Prior to IFPRI, Dr Chapoto was an Assistant Professor for 5 years and 1 year as an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University stationed in Zambia under the Food Security Research Project in Lusaka, as the USAID Chief of Party and Research Coordinator. His research interests focus on agricultural development issues in Africa, including agricultural technology and productivity, smallholder farm commercialization, home-grown medium and large-scale farmers and food markets and policy. Dr Chapoto has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and a Masters in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe.

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Mr. Ballard Zulu

Ballard Zulu, Msc

Outreach Director

Mr Ballard Zulu joined the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute as the Director of Outreach on September 19, 2013. He has spent close to 30 years in the agricultural policy arena starting with the Ministry of Agriculture for close to a decade in various capacities, USAID's Famine Early Warning Systems, IAPRI predecessor the Food Security Research Project as a Researcher and as the Deputy Team Leader of USAID Zambia's Economic Growth Office. Mr Zulu possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Business Administration from the University of Zambia, Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and is currently in the final phase of his doctorate program in Business Administration with Binary University of Malaysia. Mr Zulu has spent many years dealing with the media on a wide range of issues. His media interaction has been bolstered by his other life as a professional musician of legendary proportions in Zambia which started in the mid-eighties. His music career, where he is known as "Ballard Zulu" though punctuated by long periods of silence, has a lasting imprint in Zambia with many of his hits still radio favourites.

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Mr. Joseph Ngulube

Joseph Ngulube, FCCA 

Director of Finance and Administration

Mr Joseph Ngulube is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants [ACCA] and the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants [ZICA]. He has more than twenty years combined internal audit, external audit and financial management experience. Having previously worked for the international firm of accountants KPMG, Mr Ngulube has also worked in the private and public sectors in the mining and health sectors. In addition to audit assignments, Mr Ngulube has undertaken or been involved in other assignments including liquidations, forensic audits, executive search and selection and management consulting. Mr Ngulube has served on a number of boards and committees of boards including Mulungushi Village Complex Limited, Every Orphans’ Hope, Family Health Trust and the Zambia AIDS Law Research Network [ZARAN]. He has also served as a member of the ACCA Zambia Network Panel where he sat on the Technical Committee.

 

 Research Team

Dr. Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka

Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Rhoda Mofya is a Research Fellow and Head of Research on Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute [IAPRI]. She is an Agricultural Economist devoted to analyzing the impact of various agricultural policy interventions on agricultural growth, poverty reduction, food security and nutrition in Zambia and the region. In the last five years, her work has involved designing and implementing large national rural livelihood surveys, studies on impact assessment as well as agricultural value chain analysis. She has directly provided evidence-based policy advice to Government, some of which has resulted in policy changes critical for improving overall rural livelihoods. Dr Mofya is also responsible for IAPRI’s training program which includes designing training modules and coordinating training in data collection, analysis and reporting for policy. Dr Mofya is a Mentor for young women agricultural scientists under the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) program and she is currently the Chairperson of the Zambian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (ZaWARD). Dr Mofya holds a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from Kiel Univeristy and also has a Master’s Degree in Small Business Studies from the University of Leipzig in Germany. Prior to her PhD, she worked in the GIZ office in Zambia and for the Ministry of Agriculture.

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Dr. Hambulo Ngoma

Hambulo Ngoma, PhD

Research Fellow

Dr Hambulo Ngoma is an applied economist with a PhD in Development and Resource Economics. He has several years of experience in applied research, project management and development facilitation in sub-Saharan Africa. His current research explores linkages between livelihoods, agricultural practices and land use among smallholder farmers using applied econometric methods in Zambia. In particular, he is interested to understand what drives and hinders widespread adoption of the seemingly beneficial sustainable agriculture practices, e.g., conservation agriculture (CA), and the impacts of these farming technologies on productivity, livelihoods and climate change mitigation. His work on the welfare impacts of minimum tillage – the main component of CA – was awarded top prize as the best presented paper among young scholars at the fifth AAAE conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2016. As part of his research interests in natural resource management, Hambulo works on drivers of agricultural land expansion (deforestation) among smallholder farmers, smallholder farmer’s willingness to participate in REDD+, climate change adaptation and mitigation in smallholder agriculture and the economic valuation of forest resources.

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Mr. Stephen Kabwe

Stephen Kabwe, Msc

Research Associate II

Mr Stephen Kabwe is a Research Associate II with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia. He has more than 10 years work experience in agricultural policy research and analysis. Stephen has strong quantitative skills in analyzing household survey data using statistical packages such as IBM SPSS and Stata, and has extensive experience in project design, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation and proposal writing. His research focus is on how to improve smallholder farmers’ welfare through increased productivity, efficiency and enhanced income with special focus on cotton value chain and conservation farming. Lately, Mr Kabwe has been working on armyworms, their economy wide impact on food security. Specifically, his work involves assessing the possible risk to Zambia’s food security and sets out policy recommendations to reduce the risk of a serious outbreak going forward.

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Mr. Auckland Namubi Kuteya

Auckland Namubi Kuteya, Msc

Research Associate II

Mr Auckland Kuteya is a holder of BSc and MSc Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and Guanju University respectively with more than 3 years’ work experience in agricultural policy research/analysis and outreach activities to inform policy. He has working knowledge in International Trade; Economics; Econometrics; and Research Methodologies. He has strong quantitative skills in analysis of agricultural household survey and time-series price data using statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, Eviews and SAS. He is currently involved in agricultural annual pre/post national budget analysis/review to enhance private sector participation in agricultural public investment decisions. As a way of providing guidance to the Zambian government on the impacts of its policies and programs on agricultural value chain, Kuteya analyzes trends in maize and mealie-meal prices in major urban markets of Zambia. He also assists in data collection and data cleaning activities. Until recently, Mr Kuteya has been working on assessing the lessons learnt from the e-voucher pilot and providing a road map to guide the Government on the way forward as it embarks on a countrywide roll out of the e-voucher. 

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Mr. Brian Chisanga

Brian Chisanga, Msc

Research Associate II

Mr Brian Chisanga has a Bsc and Msc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and University of Pretoria respectively. He has 4 years of research experience serving in various positions in Zambia and South Africa. His research focuses on analysis of staple food markets and trade, market integration and efficiency in agricultural commodity markets as well as outlook analysis. He has previously undertaken research work broadly covering the areas of agricultural commodity trade and price analysis, industry competitiveness, competition policy and livelihoods studies. His current research areas are agricultural markets and trade development. Until recently, Mr Chisanga has been working on a report on the Zambia Agriculture Status Report for 2016 as well as research on the Changing Food Expenditure Patterns and Trends in Zambia and their Implications on Agricultural Policies. 

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Mr. Henry Machina

Henry Machina, MA, MWL

Research Associate - Gender and Youth

Mr Henry Machina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies, a Masters Degree in Gender Studies both from the University of Zambia and another Masters Degree in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe. Henry has worked in land policy research and practice and has participated mainly in qualitative research on land and gender as it affects poor and marginalized women, men and youth. Prior to joining IAPRI in August 2016, Henry worked for the Cooperative League of the United States of America [CLUSA] as an agricultural Group Business Development Facilitator for two years. Thereafter, he worked for the Zambia Land Alliance [ZLA] from 2000 to 2014 as National Coordinator and later as Executive Director. Henry has worked with community members and traditional leaders in customary land administration as it affects poor and marginalized groups, including finding alternative ways to secure customary land. 

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Mrs. Thelma Namonje-Kapembwa

Thelma Namonje-Kapembwa, Msc

Research Associate I

Mrs Thelma S. Namonje-Kapembwa has a Bsc and Msc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and Michigan State University respectively. She has worked for ACTESA-COMESA for 2 and a half years as a Technical Program Assistant under the Africa Agricultural Markets Program [AAMP]. AAMP focused on enhancing regional capacity through policy dialogue and coordination on staple food markets in eastern and southern Africa. Areas of interest include agriculture marketing and pricing of food staples as well as gender relations in agriculture development. Past research work focused on the Zambia's Food Reserve Agency particularly focusing maize transportation and storage. Current research focuses on the effects of late delivery of subsidized fertiliser on technical efficiency of smallholder farmers and maize production. Expertise include data entry, cleaning and analysis. Previously worked as an Intern at Central Statistical Office, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and at Zambia Seed Company [Zamseed].

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Mr. Paul Chimuka Samboko

Paul Chimuka Samboko, Msc

Research Associate I

Mr Paul Chimuka Samboko holds a BSc Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and an MSc Degree in Agricultural Economics with specialization in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Since his introduction into agricultural research in 2011, he has worked as a Research Assistant for Palm Associates and the University of Pretoria. He has also worked as a Market Systems Researcher at Musika Development Initiatives. His research interests include Environment and Natural Resources Management, Agriculture and Rural Development, Climate Change and Global Warming. He has recently been working on the Implications of Load-shedding and Charcoal Use in Zambia. Other recent works include the Impact of Power Rationing on Zambia's Agriculture Sector, and the Status of Gender Mainstreaming and further Determine how Gender Mainstreaming can be improved for the benefit of Agriculture, Natural Resources Management and Climate Change, as a basis for policy review.  

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Mrs Olipa Zulu-Mbata

Olipa Zulu-Mbata, Msc

Research Associate I

Mrs Olipa Zulu-Mbata has a Bsc and Msc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and University of Pretoria, respectively. She also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Cavendish University Zambia. Prior to joining IAPRI, she worked for HarvestPlus Zambia where she was involved in promoting Provitamin A Orange Maize to smallholder farmers and consumers. At IAPRI, her research work has evolved from analysis and compiling of the 2015 Rural Agricultural Livelihoods Survey Report [RALS15] to undertaking pioneering work on Adoption and Dis-adoption of Conservation Agriculture in Zambia. Her current research areas of interest include but are not limited to smallholder agriculture productivity, agriculture marketing and pricing, changing food expenditure patterns and trends in Zambia,  and environmental and natural resource management. Previously, her focus area of research was on the political economy of maize in Zambia.  

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Ms Mulako Kabisa

Mulako Kabisa, Msc 

Research Assistant

Mulako Kabisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences [Ecology], a certificate in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and an MSc in Environmental and Natural Resources Management from the University of Zambia. She has worked as an intern in the Department of Fisheries under the Asian Institute of Technology International Interns Placement Program and has four years academic work experience as a tutor in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Zambia. Her research interests and expertise include climate smart agriculture and environmental and natural resources management. Her current research is focused on nutrition and gender integration in the agricultural sector.  

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Mr Chinyama Lukama

Chinyama Lukama, MA 

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Chinyama K. Lukama has a double major Bachelor’s degree in Library & Information Studies and Demography [UNZA], a Master of Arts in Population Studies [UNZA] and has a certificate in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation from the University of Zambia Monitoring and Evaluation Centre of Excellence under the Department of Population Studies [DPS]. He has more than five years of Monitoring and Evaluation, Demographic and quantitative analysis experience. His vast Monitoring and Evaluation experience cuts across many sectors including the Health sector. Prior to joining IAPRI, he worked as a Water Supply and Sanitation sector Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant for UNICEF Zambia, WASH Section and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing [MLGH], Department of Housing and Infrastructure Development [DHID] where he among other accomplishments led the scale-up of the first ever DHIS2 mobile to web surveillance system to monitor rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Zambia. He has worked for among other organizations Clinton Health Access Initiative [CHAI] and the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health [MCDMCH]. Chinyama Lukama has very strong Quantitative, Research and Demographic analysis skills, is competent in statistical and Demographic software including SPSS and MortPak. He is one of the Consultants who developed the first ever empirical based Zambia national and sub-national Life Tables and the formal and informal sector Tables of Working Life. He has on a part-time basis taught Demography and Research at the University of Zambia, Demography and Data Analysis at Mulungushi University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy [PhD] in Population Studies with the University of Zambia. 

 

 Business Development Unit

Mr. Munguzwe Hichaambwa

Munguzwe Hichaambwa, Msc 

Business Development Manager

Mr Munguzwe Hichaambwa has a BSc and MSc in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Zambia and over 25 years of professional experience in agribusiness and qualitative/quantitative socio-economic analysis. He has verifiable proficiencies in agricultural policy analysis and development; Socio-Economic and Gender Analysis [SEAGA]; Gender Dis-aggregated Data [GDD] analysis for development; Sustainable Livelihoods Analysis; Agri-business issues including Feasibility Studies and Micro-Credit; Baseline surveys; Impact and Needs Assessments; and Project Design, Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation. He has previously worked as Senior Research Associate for IAPRI, Agricultural Advisor for Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Limited, and Private Consultant for a variety of organisations including local and international consultancy firms, government departments, donor agencies, embassies, local and international non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies, and indeed other private sector organisations and individuals.

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Ms. Chipego Zulu

Chipego Zulu, Msc 

Business Development Associate

Ms Zulu has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree specializing in Economics and Management, a Bachelor of Business Science Honours specializing in Management from Monash University South Africa , a Master of Science Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from Lund University – Sweden, and is currently studying a Master of Science in Project Management. She has over five [5] years working experience in dynamic environments that have focused on fostering sustainable development and poverty reduction via policy advocacy and outreach at both the national and regional levels respectively. She has worked very closely with a range of stakeholders including but not limited to; farmers, manufacturers, private sector organizations, government officials, civil society organizations, development partners, REC Secretariats, and academia/research institutions situated in Eastern and Southern Africa. Her work experience includes her service as the Coordinator of ReNAPRI, Policy Analyst and Membership Officer of Zambia Association of Manufacturers. Further to this she as tutored first year students at the Monash University South Africa in the disciplines of Introductory Macro-economics and Introductory Management. Her work experience has enabled her to develop expertise in program planning, fund management, research coordination and administration, proposal writing, reporting, event management and organization – including training workshops, regional policy dialogues, trade exhibitions, stakeholder consultative and sensitization meetings, policy advocacy and analysis, the development of value-added services, marketing communications and alternative fundraising strategies. Further to this, she has developed strong administrative and organizational skills, including spearheading the signing of key strategic partnerships and memoranda of understanding between the institutions she has worked for and relevant stakeholders. 

 

 Outreach Team

Mrs Christabel Chengo Chabwela

Christabel Chengo Chabwela

Communications Specialist

Mrs Christabel Chengo Chabwela holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Public Relations from Cavendish University Zambia, Diploma in Computer Science from Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce, and Certificate in Information Technology from the National Institute of Public Administration. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration with Regent Business School. Mrs Chabwela has more than 10 years' experience in delivering effective, quality and timely advice on corporate and public affairs, issues management and media inquiries as well as corporate communications and branding for mostly non-governmental organisations. Until recently, she has been working for the Society for Family Health as Corporate Affairs officer where she was involved in managing media relations, corporate and product branding, and ensuring donor marking and regulations. She was also responsible for the planning and developing of communication strategies and campaigns, communicating messages to intended masses, monitoring trends that indicate service adjustment, and promoting best corporate organisational practices at all times aimed at improving public image of the organization.

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Mr. Cardinal Hachikona

Cardinal Hachikona 

Librarian / Web Manager

Mr Cardinal Hachikona has a double major BA in Library and Information Studies  as well as Development Studies from the University of Zambia and a Diploma in Information Systems and Computer Programming from the National Institute of Public Administration. He has more than 6 years experience in software and hardware maintenance, computer troubleshooting, desktop user support and the development of library systems to support user needs. He also has extensive experience in information and communication technologies, outreach activities, training, website management, social media platform management, video and audio editing, database development and management, indexing and abstracting, and cataloguing and classification, among others. He shares a keen interest in video production, tracking emerging issues in policy formulation and implementation in the agricultural sector, and information management related to development economics. His current area of interest is the development of digital library systems to support the research work of researchers.

 

 Finance and Administration Team

Mrs. Christabel Chileshe

Christabel Chileshe

Accountant

Mrs Christabel Chileshe is a part qualified student of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants [ACCA]. She obtained her National Accounting Technician qualification in 2005 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants [ZiCA]. She has more than 10 years finance and accounting experience. She has participated and audited a diverse portfolio of donor and non-donor funded projects such as Heifer Project International, Concern Worldwide Zambia, Kara Counseling and Training Trust, Tyre-King Zambia Limited, Chalimbana Fresh Produce Limited and Power Speed Electrical Zambia Limited, among others. In addition, she is highly skilled in internal financial controls, grant reporting and grant management.

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Ms Muhau Kabukabu

Muhau Kabukabu, MBA

Office Manager

Ms Kabukabu Muhau holds an MBA in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School under Heriot Watt University. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management. She is a member of Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management (ZIHRM). She has worked in micro-finance, health and energy sectors. She has vast experience in administration. 

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 Data Management Unit

Mr. Mwamba Chishimba

Mwamba Chishimba. 

Data Manager

Mr Mwamba Chishimba has vast experience in Information Technology Strategic Planning and Implementation. He has a Diploma in Computer Studies and a Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Computing and Information Systems from the Greenwich University, United Kingdom. He has worked for non-governmental organisations, the private sector and government implemented projects heading various Information Technology Teams and Departments. His current main area of interest is the application of mobile and web technologies in data collection, analysis and dissemination.

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Ms. Mitelo Subakanya

Mitelo Subakanya, Msc

Data Officer

Ms Mitelo Subakanya holds a BSc Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and an MSc Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her research interests include agriculture and rural development, environment and natural resources management and rural financing. She has worked for several projects where she was involved in data collection, data cleaning, analyzing and report writing. Before joining IAPRI, she did an internship fellowship programme for the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) under the Collaborative Masters of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

 

 Interns

mooya Nzila

Mooya Nzila, MA

Intern

Ms Mooya Nzila hold a Masters of Art in Trade, Development and International Relations with Zambian Open University in conjunction with the World Trade Organisation [WTO], United Nations Conference on Trade and Development [UNCTAD] and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research [UNITAR], and also a Master of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies from Zambian Open University, and a Diploma in Export Horticulture from Natural Resources Development College / Zambia Export Growers Association [NRDC/ZEGA] Training Trust. She has been working for the Ministry of Agriculture for 14 years as a Technical Research Assistant and Plant Health Inspector, at Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service [PQPS] which is a specialized unit under the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute [ZARI]. Some of her key experiences are trade facilitation local, regional and international, phytosanitary work, in-house trainer and training of various stakeholders in phytosanitary issues, fumigation and running of plant health clinics, development of training materials / standard operating procedures and report writing, development of extension materials [factsheets and pest management decision guides), field and research work, lecturing, laboratory analysis and data collection, monitoring of work, record keeping and setting targets, monitoring adherence to phytosanitary regulations, advisory services and quality control, first line pest/disease diagnosis, vegetables and rose production including post-harvest technology.

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Jairos Sambo

Jairos Sambo, MA

Intern

Mr Jairos Sambo holds a Master’s Degree in Economics [MA] and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia with over 5 years’ experience in applied research. In his recent undertaking, he has been a data analyst for an Adolescent HIV project funded by UNICEF where he designed tablet-based questionnaires in CS-PRO and provided detailed analysis. He has participated in household survey design and implementation process at various levels including: proposal and report writing, questionnaire design, enumeration, field work supervision, data entry, data management and as a master trainer. His area of interest is mainly on Impact Evaluation of Longitudinal [panel-based] studies in areas of Education, Health, HIV/AIDs, Agriculture and more specifically on the impact of Social Cash Transfers in the Social Sector on household welfare.

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Jairos Sambo

Emily Mwanza, MA

Intern

Ms Emily Nawezhi Mwanza holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies from the University of Zambia and a MSc in Development Evaluation and Management from the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp. She is also a holder of a CIMA certificate in Accountancy studies from ZCAS. She has strong qualitative research skills and is conversant in the use of statistical packages such as SPSS and Nvivo. She has previously interned as programme assistant for Young Women’s Christian Association [YWCA] and has also previously interned at Legend Consulting Services Ltd.

 

 Capacity Building Team

Dr. Thom Jayne

Thom S. Jayne [Professor].

Professor, Michigan State University

Prof Thom Jayne is Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute in Lusaka, Zambia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He has mentored dozens of young Africa professionals and played a major role in building MSU’s partnerships with African research institutes, serving as co-director of several grants from the Gates Foundation focusing on building sustainable research capacity in Africa. He has over 25 years of experience conducting research on agricultural productivity and markets. Jayne sits on the editorial boards of two professional journals, received a top paper award in 2004 by the International Association of Agricultural Economists, co-authored a paper awarded the T.W. Schultz Award at the 2009 International Association of Agricultural Economists Triennial Meetings, received the 2009 Outstanding Article Award in Agricultural Economics: (paper), (ppt) and (abstract), and co-authored a paper awarded First Prize at the 2010 tri-annual meetings of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. Jayne also received a Research Excellence Award in 2011 from MSU’s Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department. He currently serves on the advisory boards of several initiatives dedicated to building institutional capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, including the Global Development Network’s Global Research Capacity Building Program, and the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Dr. Nick Sitko

Nicholas Sitko, PhD

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Dr Sitko moved to Zambia in 2007 to conduct research associated with his PhD and has lived in Zambia since. His academic background includes: a BSc in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University; a Masters from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver where he focused on international relations through the lens of global food systems; and a PhD from the University of Colorado, Department of Geography. His PhD used ethnographic research methodologies to explore the effects of maize liberalization on rural livelihood strategies in Kalomo District. He initially joined Michigan State University as a Research Fellow attached to the Food Security Project in Zambia in 2010. In 2012 he became a visiting Assistant Professor with the department and remains on long-term assignment with the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute [IAPRI]. His current research interests focus on land policy and administration, public spending and poverty reduction, and the institutional constraints to food market development in Africa.

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Dr. Nicole Mason

Nicole Mason, PhD

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Dr Mason is Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Nicole joined the AFRE faculty in August 2011 as a fixed-term faculty member associated with the Food Security Group and was based in Lusaka, Zambia with the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), formerly the Food Security Research Project, through July 2013. While based at IAPRI, she was involved in food policy research and outreach, and served as IAPRI’s Capacity Building Coordinator. She returned to East Lansing and transitioned to a tenure system faculty position in August 2013. Her current research focuses on various dimensions of agricultural input and output subsidy programs in Africa. These include political economy aspects of the programs as well as program effects on smallholder farmer behavior and economic well-being, and on prices. She continues to collaborate with Zambian colleagues at IAPRI and is also working with Kenyan colleagues associated with the Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development. Dr. Mason is also member of the Core Faculty of the African Studies Center at MSU. Prior to her graduate studies, Nicole served as a Peace Corps Volunteer working on agricultural development and environmental education projects in a rural community in Guinea. She also worked at the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa in Washington, DC.