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Senior Vice President, West and Central Africa and Haiti Philip DeCosse

Philip DeCosse is the current senior vice president for Chemonics’ West and Central Africa and Haiti Division. An agricultural economist, he previously served as director for the Agriculture and Food Security Practice. Mr. DeCosse brings 30 years of substantive experience as a development professional and respected leader. He served as chief of party on the USAID Nishorgo Project, a protected forest area co-management project in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and as chief of party on the USAID Projet d’Appui à la Gestion Environnementales (PAGE), an environmental project in Madagascar. He began his career in the Ministry of Agriculture in The Gambia in 1988 and has spent much of his career in West Africa. Philip holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Blog Posts 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…