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Director Philip DeCosse

Philip DeCosse, who recently joined Chemonics as director for the Agriculture and Food Security Practice, brings 29 years of expertise working at all levels of agricultural and natural resource market development through business-to-household interventions that link private sector investors to rural resource managers. An agricultural economist, he has designed and led value chain optimization interventions, agricultural statistical surveys, environmental impact assessments, and monitoring and evaluation programming across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Blog Posts by Philip DeCosse

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…