Philip Grabowski    Post-doctoral Research Associate - Michigan State University

Research Portfolio

Teaching Portfolio

Community Development

Curriculum Vitae
My research focuses on understanding farmers' perspectives on sustainable agriculture technologies in Africa.  I am currently involved in developing a framework of indicators for sustainable intensification.  I am also using system dynamics modeling to explore the adoption potential of perennial grains in Africa.  My work is part of an interdisciplinary effort to collaboratively work towards sustainable agriculture (see our Learning Lab site for details). My dissertation research focused on the adoption of minimum tillage agriculture by smallholder farmers in Zambia and Mozambique. I use a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

I teach International Agricultural Systems (CSS 431) in Spring (2016 and 2017).

I have also taught introductory Community Sustainability courses at MSU including:
  • Introduction to Sustainability - CSUS 200 - Fall 2014
  • Problem Solving in Community, Agriculture and Environmental Systems - ACR 202 - Spring 2014
I worked in community development for 6 years in Malawi and Mozambique with World Renew.  I also spent significant time in Latin America with two semesters of my undergraduate studies in Costa Rica and a year in Peru as an exchange student during high school. I speak Spanish, Portuguese and Chichewa (southern Africa).

Research Portfolio

Peer Reviewed Articles
(Google scholar; ResearchGate)

Grabowski, P., Kerr, J., Haggblade, S. Kabwe, S. (2016). Determinants of adoption and disadoption of minimum tillage by cotton farmers in Eastern ZambiaAgriculture Ecosystems and Environment 231, 54-67. 

Grabowski, P., Schmitt-Olabisi, L., Adebiyi, J., Waldman, K., Richardson, R., Snapp, S. Assessing the potential for agricultural technology adoption using system dynamics and choice experiments: The case of perennial pigeonpea in Malawi. (Manuscript under review)

Grabowski, P., Jayne, T.S. Analyzing trends in herbicide use in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Manuscript under review)

Grabowski, P., Haggblade, S. Kabwe, S. and Tembo, G. (2014). Minimum tillage adoption among commercial smallholder cotton farmers in Zambia 2002 to 2011.  Agricultural Systems. 131, 34-44. 

Grabowski, P. and Kerr, J. (2014). Resource constraints and partial adoption of conservation agriculture by hand-hoe farmers in Mozambique.International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 12 (1) 37-53 .

Book chapter

Grabowski, P., Haggblade, S. (2016). The Economics of Conservation Agriculture in Africa: The Implications of Climate Change. In: Lal, R., Kraybill, D., Hansen, D.O., Singh, B.R., Mosogoya, T., Eik, L.O. (Eds.) Climate Change and Multi-Dimensional Sustainability in African Agriculture ISBN 978-3-319-41238-2.  Appendix Tables

Research Presentations

Evaluating ‘climate-smart’ agricultural technologies with indicators of sustainable intensification: Examples from Southern Africa. Presented at American Society of Agronomy Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, November 8.  

Farmers' Perspectives on Conservation Agriculture in Zambia. Presented at the Eye on Africa seminar series, African Studies Center, Michigan State University, October 9, 2014.

Conservation Agriculture Adoption by Cotton Farmers in Eastern Zambia.  Presented at the First African Congress on Conservation Agriculture in Lusaka, Zambia, March 17-21, 2014. Available in the book of condensed papers p. 114-118. Slides are available here. 

Qualitative Assessment of Conservation Agriculture in the Angonia Highlands of Mozambique – Perspectives from Smallholder Farmers. In proceedings of the FAO Regional Conservation Agriculture Symposium held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 8-9, 2011. Slides are available here

Working Papers

Grabowski, P. and Jayne, T.S. (2016) Analyzing trends in herbicide use in Sub-Saharan Africa.  International Development Working Paper 142. Michigan State University.  

Grabowski, P. Kerr, J., Mouzinho, B., Donovan, C. (2015). A prospective analysis of participatory research on conservation agriculture in Mozambique. IIAM working paper 11E

Grabowski, P., Kerr, J., Haggblade, S., Kabwe, S., (2014). Determinants of adoption of minimum tillage by cotton farmers in Eastern Zambia. Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute Working Paper 87, Lusaka, Zambia.

Grabowski, P., and Mouzinho, B. (2013). Mozambique conservation agriculture inventory report. IIAM working paper 6E.

Grabowski, P., and Mouzinho, B. (2013). Prioritizing actions for conservation agriculture in Mozambique.  IIAM working paper 5E.

Grabowski, P., Walker, F., Haggblade, S., Maria, R., and Eash, N. (2013). Conservation agriculture in Mozambique: Literature review and research gaps.  IIAM working paper 4E.

Policy Briefs

Kabwe, S., Grabowski, P., Haggblade, S. and Tembo, G. (2014).  Conservation farming adoption among smallholder cotton farmers in Zambia 2002 to 2011.  Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute, Policy Brief Number 64. 


Achieving equitable benefits from sustainable agricultural intensification through more effective tools and metrics.Being implemented in Malawi and Ghana from 2016 to 2020, led by IITA. Funded through DFID by the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) program

Are we there yet? Developing indicators for sustainable intensification. May 2015-Aug 2017.  Funded through USAID by the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab at Kansas State University

Interviewing in Zambia
Interviewing a farmer who uses minimum tillage with animal traction in Chipata, Zambia (2013)

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