Roundtable Discussion on Experiences in Sierra Leone - Research & Education

November 15, 2017 2:00 PM - November 15, 2017 3:30 PM

Morgan Caterpillar Room, ACES Library

Join us for a roundtable discussion on current issues at the nexus of food security, health, and conflict in the context of development in Sierra Leone. Three professionals from diverse fields will offer their perspectives and experiences on response and resiliency in Sierra Leone.

Sponsored by AgReach and the Office of International Programs.

The panel includes:

Dr. Alpha Kepifri Lakoh is the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Assoc. Professor at Njala University where he has served in various capacities since 1979; this includes his time as Head of the Dept. of Extension and Rural Sociology, Dean of the School of Agriculture, and Director of the National Agricultural Training Center. He also has experience as Director General of the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI), where he also serves as Chairman of the Council. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Extension Ed. and International Agricultural Development. He also holds a Masters of Philosophy in Extension and Rural Sociology from University of Ife, Nigeria.

Dr. Paul Richards was formerly Professor of Anthropology at University College London and is currently Emeritus Professor of Technology and Agrarian Development at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and advisor to the Directorate of Research and Planning at Njala University, central Sierra Leone. He has worked on issues of food security, armed conflict, and health in West Africa since 1968. His recent books include Ebola: how a people's science helped end an epidemic (Zed Books, 2016) (left) and (with Perri 6) a work of social theory inspired by Africanist ethnography, Mary Douglas: understanding social thought and conflict (Berghahn, 2017).

Ms. Esther Mokuwa holds a Master's degree in engineering management from the University of Greenwich in UK, and worked for some years as field coordinator for international research projects in agrarian development and rural health systems, based at Njala university. She collected first-hand data on rural community responses to Ebola control in the recent epidemic (2014-15) on behalf of the international Ebola Response Anthropology Platform, and has authored or co-authored several papers on rural conflict and community responses to Ebola. Her PhD thesis on rural clash of institutions is nearing completion.