Community, Agriculture, Resource and Recreation Studies (CARRS)
After spending 6 years in Malawi working for a NGO Phil returned to the US for M.S. studies in the CARRS department which he completed last May. His thesis research focused on farmers’ decisions to adopt or reject minimum tillage agriculture in the Angonia highlands of Mozambique. He used in-depth interviewing and partial budget analysis to understand why most farmers had such high opinions of minimum tillage but failed to use it on large parts of their land.
Phil’s Ph.D. work in CARRS will build on his M.S. focus of minimum tillage and the sustainable intensification of agriculture for smallholder farmer food security in southern Africa. He continues to work with John Kerr as his adviser but much of the research is linked to AFRE’s Food Security Research Projects in southern Africa. He is collaborating in Zambia with Steve Haggblade on minimum tillage adoption patterns by cotton farmers. He is also working in Mozambique with Cynthia Donovan in order to analyze the benefits and challenges of minimum tillage agriculture in the diverse agro-ecological zones across the country. His research may also include modeling how minimum tillage adoption would affect food security under projected climate change patterns. Phil welcomes your email.