U.S. Principal Investigators - Kansas State University

Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu
Principal Investigator and Associate Professor
Vincent Amanor-Boadu is an assistant professor and director of the Innovation Center at Kansas State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada and worked as the Director of Research at the George Morris Centre, an independent agri-food think-tank in Canada. His research initiatives encompass business development and entrepreneurship, strategic management with special emphasis on inter-organizational relationships. Vincent also conducts seminars on change management and mechanisms of governance.

Dr. Allen Featherstone
Professor and Master of Agribusiness Program Director
The department’s graduate program has experienced strong growth under the direction of Dr. Featherstone. He guided the development of the Master in Agribusiness degree. His research program has resulted in more than 80 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. As a leading agriculture finance scholar, Dr. Featherstone has assisted the industry on mergers, loan loss severity, the influence of taxes on farm land, and alternative federal tax systems.

Dr. Tim Dalton
Associate Professor
Dr. Dalton’s research and teaching focuses on international agricultural development in less-developed countries around the world. He studies how new varieties of sorghum, rice and maize affect food productivity, production risk management, and nutrition as well as the impact of natural resource degradation—primarily soils and agricultural biodiversity—on agriculture and human well being. Dr. Dalton has worked in western, central, eastern and southern Africa as well as southeast Asia.

Host Country Principal Investigators - University of Zambia

Dr. Gelson Tembo
University of Zambia
Dr. Gelson Tembo holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences (University of Zambia), M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (Oklahoma State University), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and Statistics (Oklahoma State University). He is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Zambia, where he teaches econometrics, mathematical programming, operations management, agricultural production economics, and research methodology. He has over 17 years of experience in agricultural research and academia. He has conducted studies on food security and price stability in Southern and Eastern Africa; Food security, market development and trade in the Southern Africa region; The status and potential of farmer organizations as vehicles for smallholder participation and agricultural market development in Zambia; and Improving vulnerability, food security and nutrition assessments in Zambia.

He has been a resource person for the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT!), and the Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme (RHVP). The RHVP is a southern Africa-wide DfID-funded initiative, under which he has carried out studies to determine the impact of food aid on markets, and a series of impact assessments of the Zambia social cash transfer pilots. He has provided consultancy services to various other bilateral and multilateral organizations, including the WFP, NEPAD, WB, IFAD, SIDA, DfID and RNE; universities (such as The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, and West Virginia University); and international consultancy firms such as MASDAR International Consultants (UK), and Weiderman Associates (USA). Between 2000 and 2005, he served as a Research Fellow in the Food Security Research Project (FSRP), which is implemented in Zambia by Michigan State University.

Mukwiti Mwiinga
University of Zambia
Ms. Mukwiti Nchooli Mwiinga is a Lecturer and Researcher in the University of Zambia Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension. She lectures 4th and 5th year agricultural science students in Agricultural Production Economics and Agricultural Project Monitoring and Evaluation, respectively. Ms Mwiinga holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences (Agricultural Economics major) from the University of Zambia and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. She has a strong passion for agricultural development in Zambia, specifically the horticulture (fresh fruit and vegetable) subsector. With the growth of the modern retail horticulture sector in the main urban centers of Zambia, the fresh fruit and vegetable subsectors are becoming an increasingly important part of Zambia’s agricultural sector. Her research interests are in studying agricultural commodity subsectors, their growth and development, and finding out how best smallholder farmers can profitably participate in these markets. In addition to this, Ms. Mwiinga has keen interest in research that is inclined towards project monitoring and evaluation.

Priscilla Hamukwala
University of Zambia
Ms. Priscilla Hamukwala holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Zambia, and Master of Science degree in agribusiness from Alabama A&M University. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics of the University of Zambia, teaching farm management courses since January 2005. Before joining the University, she worked as a trainer on a one-year project: “Linking Small-Scale Farmers, Rural Women and Girls to the Internet”, which was jointly sponsored by Education for Democracy and Development Initiative (EDDI), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) in Monze and Kabwe. In 2001, she was a consultant to the USAID/USDA during which she was part of a team that evaluated the Zambia Rural Youth Initiative Pilot Project. Between 1998 and 1999 she was a research assistant in the USAID-USDA funded Zambia Rural Youth Initiative Pilot Project that aimed at promoting Agribusiness, Youth development and Internet connectivity in Zambia. She also participated in a jointly funded USAID-USDA training courses in Washington DC and Zambia designed to teach young Zambian farmers alternative crop production methods, entrepreneurship and computer skills in 1999.

Her research focus has mainly been in agricultural marketing and economic development. From 2005 to date, she has been part of a University of Zambia and Ohio State University collaborative research project focusing on new market development and marketing strategies for sorghum and millet farmers with the view to help increase their incomes. The project has involved, among other things, understanding value chains and market developments for sorghum-based clear beer, feed concentrates and agro-food initiatives that offer significant opportunities to increase income for sorghum and millet farmers. She has also been the lead researcher in a sorghum and millet seed value chain study, with funding from the INTSORMIL and a competitively won Baurlag fellowship. She is currently working on two other collaborative research projects; one on poverty dynamics among Zambian smallholder farmers, and the other on the impact of Zimbabwean land reforms on commercial farming in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Rebecca Kiwanuka Lubinda
University of Zambia
Mrs. Rebecca Kiwanuka Lubinda is a Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension at The University of Zambia. She teaches agribusiness management courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Agricultural Economics and Extension from Makerere University, Uganda. She has carried out research work in the areas of Impact assessment and technology adoption, food security, contract farming, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Her research interests are in the areas of agricultural marketing and policy, value chain addition development, impact assessment of rural development projects, rural livelihood strategies and entrepreneurship development. She has vast experience in curriculum development, and business plan development, and offers business advisory services. She serves as an external examiner for the Natural Resource Development College (NRDC), Zambia. She served as a member on the Task Force for Small and Medium Enterprises Development in Zambia and serves on various committees focusing on rural development and poverty reduction. She has won three fellowship awards and a competitive research grant from USAID/USDA under the Borlaug fellowship, which she used to study small-scale farmers’ access to improved common bean variety seed in Zambia.