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Jess M Lowenberg-DeBoer

Dr. Lowenberg-DeBoer has 30 years of worldwide experience in agricultural research, teaching, outreach and administration. His research focuses on the economics of agricultural technology. He has published 82 articles in refereed journals, two books and chapters in seven other books. 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. He is PI for 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 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 1988 to 1992 he served as economist and team leader of a USAID funded institution building project in Niger. From 1992 to 1994 he was campus coordinator for the Agricultural Research and Training Support (ARTS) project in Burkina Faso. His work has taken him to Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, 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, The Netherlands, India, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi , Mali, 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, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.  He brings to his research, teaching, outreach and administration a perspective gained through private sector experience as a farmer and journalist. 

Awards & Honors

(2015) College of Agriculture Professor of Excellence in International Entrepreneurship. Purdue University.

(2013) Best Paper Award. Journal of African Business.

(2012) De Chevalier De L'Ordre National. Government of Burkina Faso.

(2012) International IPM Award. IPM Symposium Steering Committee.

(2011) Purdue College of Agriculture TEAM Award for the Purdue College of Agriculture Afghanistan Team.

(2010) Precision Agriculture Legacy Award.

(2002) Siteliner Award. Meister Publication.

(2001) Quality of Communication Award. American Society of Agronomy.

(1992) Temoinage Official de Satisfaction (Official Testimony of Satisfaction) Ministry of Agriculture. Republic of Niger.

(1985) Research Excellence Award. Iowa State University.

Selected Publications

Gbegbelegbe, S. D., Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M., Adeoti, R., Lusk, J., & Coulibaly, O. (2015). The estimated ex ante economic impact of Bt cowpea in Niger, Benin and Northern Nigeria. Agricultural Economics, 46(4), 563-577. doi:10.1111/agec.12182

Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M. (2015). The Precision Agriculture Revolution Making the Modern Farmer. Foreign Affairs, 94(3), 105-112. Retrieved from <Go to ISI>://WOS:000353077300015

Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M., & Musa, S. (2015). The Role of Universities in Commercialization of Food Systems Innovation in Developing Countries: Case Study of the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) Project. 8th World Conference of the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agriculture and Life Sciences (GCHERA).

Jones, M. S., Alexander, C. E., & Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M. (2014). A simple methodology for measuring profitability of on-farm storage pest management in developing countries. Journal of Stored Products Research, 58, 67-76. doi:10.1016/j.jspr.2013.12.006

Ibro, G., Sorgho, M. C., Idris, A. A., Moussa, B., Baributsa, D., & Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M. (2014). Adoption of cowpea hermetic storage by women in Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso. Journal of Stored Products Research, 58, 87-96. doi:10.1016/j.jspr.2014.02.007

Moussa, B., Abdoulaye, T., Coulibaly, O., Baributsa, D., & Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M. (2014). Adoption of on-farm hermetic storage for cowpea in West and Central Africa in 2012. Journal of Stored Products Research, 58, 77-86. doi:10.1016/j.jspr.2014.02.008

Baributsa, D., Abdoulaye, T., Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M., Dabire, C., Moussa, B., Coulibaly, O., & Baoua, I. (2014). Market building for post-harvest technology through large-scale extension efforts. Journal of Stored Products Research, 58, 59-66. doi:10.1016/j.jspr.2014.02.012

Murdock, L. L., Baributsa, D., & Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M. (2014). Special Issue on hermetic storage. Journal of Stored Products Research, 58, 1-2. doi:10.1016/j.jspr.2014.04.007

Baributsa, D., Djibo, K., Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M., Moussa, B., & Baoua, I. (2014). The fate of triple-layer plastic bags used for cowpea storage. Journal of Stored Products Research, 58, 97-102. doi:10.1016/j.jspr.2014.02.011

Jones, M. S., & Lowenberg-Deboer, J. M. (2014). Updating ex-ante economic analyses for Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags in sub-Saharan Africa: the cases of Senegal, Kenya, and Ghana. Working Paper - Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, (14-05), 59 pp.-59 pp. Retrieved from <Go to ISI>://CABI:20143338166

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