Thank you for checking out the rumbling economist. I am a ‘salad’ economist. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University in the lovely city of Fort Collins. I am trained a agricultural economist, who has been morphing more into an Environmental and Resource Economist. I studied for my Bachelors at the The University of Zambia. I then headed east to Kenya at Egerton University where I pursued a Collaborative Masters in Agricultural and Applied Economics which saw me do the specialization in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics in South Africa at the University of Pretoria. Since then, I have worked with International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and IFPRI’s Agriculture for Nutrition and Health program in northern Zambia. I enjoyed my interactions with the smallholder farmers and our discussions with them partly inspired this blog. I have also worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Zambia’s Institute of Economic and Social Research until I started my PhD journey in August 2016.
My research interests are widespread. But for now, I am passionate about two things. Agriculture for nutrition and natural resources, especially as it relates to agricultural production. I have also taken interest in gender and decision making among smallholder farmers at the household level and in groups.
My dissertation focusses on weather shocks, nutrition, and forests. Specifically, my Job Market Paper analyses the role that access to forests and the associated management institutions play in protecting nutrition of the smallholder farmers in the event of a weather shock in Malawi. In my second essay, I determine if modern agricultural technologies and collection of NTFPs can still buffer yields and income even in the presence of weather shocks.
I spent the first six months of 2019 in West Africa as a PhD research fellow based at Africa Rice (one of the CGIAR) centers implementing a multi-country Randomized Controlled Trial on the adoption and impact of an improved rice processinf technology called GEM. Then in November to December 2019, I hearded to Zambia where I was doing research on how best agriculture can be optimized for nutrition. This research, funded by a grant from the the Nestle Foundation, will be the third chapter in my dissertation. (This is my first grant, which I started applying for in the second year of my Ph.D. ).
In my spare time, I play chess, hike, and stalk professors on Google Scholar :-).