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Senior Director, Evidence & Learning Philip DeCosse

Philip DeCosse leads development and implementation for Chemonics’ applied research, evaluation, and learning agenda in the U.S. An agricultural economist, he brings 30 years of substantive experience as a development professional. In recent years, Mr. DeCosse led Chemonics Agriculture and Food Security Practice and then led as Senior Vice President of Chemonics’ portfolio in West and Central Africa and Haiti. He has worked with partner governments, USAID, and the World Bank to strengthen national agricultural and natural resource statistical surveys, consulted on innovative monitoring and impact measurement approaches, and designed and delivered training in monitoring and evaluation for agriculture and natural resource projects. He also served as a chief of party on two USAID-funded programs – the Co-Management of Tropical for Resources (Nishorgo) project in Bangladesh and the Environmental Management Support project in Madagascar. Philip holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

by Philip DeCosse


A Resilience Sentinel Network for the Horn of Africa

This post originally appeared on Agrilinks. A sustained focus on resilience in the past decade has led to broad acceptance of it as a major programmatic priority for programs designed to strengthen the ability of vulnerable households to withstand myriad shocks and stresses. Resilience measurement concepts and methods have improved dramatically together with resilience theory and practice,…

Thinking and Working Politically to Strengthen Agricultural Market Systems

Down-and-dirty politics and political roadblocks have thwarted the success of agricultural development projects for decades. To achieve greater success, we need to consider how we can better understand and break down such blocks. Whether we like it or not, international development efforts are inherently political. Within the agriculture sector, the relationships and power dynamics among…

Report Launch: Risk and Resilience: Advancing Food and Nutrition Security in Nigeria

Philip DeCosse, along with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) experts discussed the new Feed the Future strategy’s emphasis on resilience in Nigeria, which can help individuals, families, and communities withstand shocks and stresses related to conflicts, climate change, political disruption, and market fluctuations.