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    Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer


    Elizabeth Creak Chair of Agri-Tech Economics

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    Prof. Lowenberg-DeBoer has over 30 years of worldwide experience in agricultural research, teaching, outreach and leadership. His research focuses on the economics of agricultural technology. He has published 85 articles in refereed journals, two books and chapters in seven other books. He currently serves as president of the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) and co-editor of the journal Precision Agriculture. He is a pioneer in the use of spatial regression in analysis of crop sensor data with published work in this area from the U.S., Argentina and South Africa. From 2004-2015 he was the Associate Dean and Director of the Purdue International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA). From 2007-2015 he led the Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2012 he was made a Chevalier of the National Order by the government of Burkina Faso for his work improving food security in the country in PICS. From 2000-2006 he was director of the Purdue Site-Specific management center. From 1997 to 2007 he was West Africa facilitator for the USAID Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) working to build multidisciplinary teams and supervising CRSP social science research and outreach in that region. From 1992 to 1994 he was campus coordinator for the Agricultural Research and Training Support (ARTS) project in Burkina Faso. From 1988 to 1992 he served as economist and team leader of a USAID-funded institution building project in Niger. His work has taken him to Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, Peoples Rep. of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Holland, Hungary, India, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Georgia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. He brings to his research, teaching, outreach and leadership a perspective gained through private sector experience as a farmer and journalist.

    Professional Memberships

    Agriculture and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

    International Society for Precision Agriculture (ISPA)

    Academic Department: Food, Land and Agribusiness Management

    Tel: +44 (0) 1952 815 218

    Office: AC8 Aspire Centre


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