James Ellison

James Ellison
One Acre Fund · Agricultural Innovations

MSc Sustainable International Agriculture (Tropical Agriculture)

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Introduction
Interests: - Tropical agriculture systems, soil & water conservation planning, and degraded land rehabilitation. - Geospatial and eco-hydrological analyses using GIS and remote sensing. - Biophysical monitoring of soil & water-related ecosystem services. - Water resources development, especially small-scale irrigation and water harvesting.
Additional affiliations
March 2020 - present
One Acre Fund
Position
  • Department lead
Description
  • The Ag Innovations dept screens agricultural products and methods through controlled experiments at its 3 research stations as well as thousands of farmer field trials throughout Rwanda. Successful products are scaled to over 800,000 client farmers through various farmer-facing channels.
January 2018 - February 2020
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • TECAS is a start-up social enterprise making no-till mechanisation services available in NW Ghana.
December 2016 - December 2017
Universitaet Kassel (Germany)/ University of Parakou (Benin)
Position
  • GIS/RS for land health monitoring
Education
October 2013 - March 2016
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Field of study
  • Tropical Agriculture (Sustainable International Agriculture)
August 2006 - May 2011
Clemson University
Field of study
  • Biosystems Engineering

Publications

Publications (7)
Article
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This study examined the effects of transhumance pressure on total abavoe-ground biomass and forage availability on rangelands in Benin. We also investigated the implications of land cover transitions on rangelands over a 31-year period. Our work was carried out in three regions of Benin representing distinct phytogeographic regimes: Ketou, Tchaouro...
Conference Paper
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The analytical framework used to match ‘options with context’ will form the basis to create ‘recommendations domains’ within which technologies will be scaled. The review related to successful sites clearly showed the institutional and policy set-ups that are necessary to successfully implement interventions. This will be a good basis for considera...
Article
An enormous effort is underway in Ethiopia to address soil erosion and restore overall land productivity. Modelling and participatory approaches can be used to delineate erosion hotspots, plan site- and context-specific interventions and assess their impacts. In this study, we employed a modelling interface developed based on the Revised Universal...
Poster
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Field sampling across the catchment, geo-referenced participatory information, and remote sensing data was combined in a GIS to predict those areas of the catchment that are most likely to respond positively to soil & water conservation interventions. The potential long-term impact on two key ecosystem services - soil erosion and dry season baseflo...
Thesis
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This thesis focused on the use of soil and water conservation (SWC) planning tools to address two ecosystem services (ES’s), erosion control (EC) and dry season baseflow enhancement (BF). The study site was a headwater catchment encompassing Gudo Beret town located in the central sub-humid highlands of Ethiopia. The aims of the thesis were to 1) mo...
Technical Report
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A brief comparative study of maize root depth and crop yield between two farmer fields near Mzuzu, Malawi. The farmers were practicing traditional ridge cultivation and Tiyeni's conservation agriculture method on different parts of their fields. The study is not conclusive, but demonstrates trends that are commonly observed.
Technical Report
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The purpose of this study was to assess the baseline status of the four DISCOVER sites in northern Malawi. This is essential for both understanding the overall desired trajectory of the communities as well as planning an appropriate intervention program using the Functional Landscape Approach (FLA). The study included three days’ work at each of th...

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Projects (3)
Project
Launched in 2013 under the guidance of extension specialist Mr. Albert Misuku, this grassroots project aims to target land degradation challenges in a small seasonal "dambo" wetland in central Malawi through community engagement. An approach known as the "functional landscape approach" (see literature on "Wetland Action" website) is sought.
Project
A case study of grassroots initiatives by inventive farmers and community-based organizations that have sought an ecologically-sound agriculture. (In progress til December 2016)