Kristin Davis is a senior research fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. Davis, a U.S. national, joined IFPRI in November 2004 as a postdoctoral fellow. She has conducted research on farmer field schools, rural institutions, agricultural innovation systems, pluralistic extension systems and extension education in Africa and worldwide. She has some 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and policy briefs. Her publications include “The new face of agricultural extension services” in the 2013 Global Food Policy Report; “Extension in Sub-Saharan Africa: Overview and assessment of past and current models and future prospects in Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education 15(3); and “Impact of farmer field schools on agricultural productivity and poverty in East. Africa” World Development 40(2), coauthored with Ephraim Nkonya, Edward Kato, Daniel Mekonnen, Martin. Odendo, Richard. Miiro, and J. Nkuba. She has served as president of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) and currently serves on the board of the AIAEE journal, as well as that of the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension(JAEE). Davis was the architect of the New Extensionist Learning Kit, a set of modules containing core competencies for the global extension agent. She works for the Development Strategy and Governance Division.
- Assessing the Potential of Farmer Field Schools to Fight Poverty and Foster Innovation in East Africa
- Making Rural Services Work for the Poor – The Role of Rural Institutions and Their Governance for Agriculture-Led Development
- Review of the Ethiopian Extension System
- Evidence and outreach to strengthen advisory service and knowledge exchange functions
- Developing Local Extension Capacity - DLEC
Languages spoken: English, French, Swahili
- Outstanding Journal Article of the Year Award, 2004, International Journal of Agricultural and Extension Education 11(1). 2004. Davis, K, Irani, T. & Payson, K. Going forward in education on agricultural biotechnology: Extension’s role internationally.
- Outstanding Paper Presentation (2006) for the 22nd Annual Conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, Clearwater Beach, Florida. Davis, K. Institutional Arrangements for Increasing the Dissemination Role of Farmer Groups in Agricultural Innovation Systems.
- Ochieng, Cosmas, and Davis, Kristin. 2006. Bronze prize winner of the International Finance Corporation-Financial Times Research Essay Competition “Business and Development: The Private Path to Prosperity.” ICTs as Appropriate Technologies for African Development. Forthcoming in the Financial Times.
- Second Runner-up Article of the Year for 2007. International Journal of Agricultural and Extension Education. Anandajayasekeram, P., K. Davis, and S. Workneh. 2007. Farmer Field Schools: An Alternative to Existing Extension Systems? Experience from Eastern and Southern Africa. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education 14(1): 81-93.
- Second Runner Up, Journal Article of the Year Award for 2008. Davis, K. 2008. Extension in Sub-Saharan Africa: Overview and Assessment of Past and Current Models and Future Prospects. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education 15(3): 15—28.
- Journal Article of the Year, 2008. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 14(1): 35-51. Davis, K., J. Ekboir and Spielman, D. J. Agricultural education and training in sub-Saharan Africa from an innovation systems perspective: A case study of Mozambique.
- Early Achievement Award for the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education in 2009. The Early Achievement Award is presented to a member who early in their career (less than five years) has demonstrated a combination of service, leadership, and scholarly activity in international agricultural and extension education.
- “Presidential Plaque in Recognition of Exceptional Leadership” as President of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), 2014-2015.
- Outstanding Achievement Award (2014). The Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education presents this award to a professional who during their career has demonstrated a combination of service, leadership, and scholarly activity.
- Outstanding Service Award (2013). The Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education presents this award to an international agricultural and extension educator who has made meritorious service contributions beyond his or her regular employment. Other elements include peer recognition for services beyond normal expectations, dedication and personal sacrifice, and sustained effort over time.