Agricultural Innovation Scientist, University of Adelaide

I work with smallholder farmers in Africa to find ways for them to utilise improved agricultural practices, with particular focus on sustainable intensification technologies. I do this as I believe we have the practices and technologies to feed the world, they just are not being used.

My current research focuses on the sustainable intensification of maize-legume systems in Eastern and Southern Africa, from Ethiopia to Mozambique. We use large quantitative data sets to identify themes and then explore these themes with semi-structured interviews with community members (both farm and non-farm). This provides a unique depth of understanding and new perspectives to understand why improved agricultural practices have not been widely embraced.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide / CSIRO
  • 2012–2013
    Program Officer, Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations
  • 2011–2012
    Research Officer, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Adelaide, PhD
  • 2010 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Agricultural Science (First Class Honours)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program
    Role:
    PhD Support
    Funding Source:
    The International Maize and Wheat Research Institute (CIMMYT)
  • 2014
    CSIRO PhD Scholarship
    Role:
    PhD Support
    Funding Source:
    The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)