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Newton Morara Nyairo

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Graduate Research Assistant
765.496.1152
Agricultural Administration Building Room 221
615 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Graduate Student Profile
Newton Nyairo joined Purdue University Fall 2017 as a doctoral student. Prior to joining YDAE, he served roughly five years as a university lecturer teaching agribusiness in Kenya. He holds a PhD (agricultural economics) from University of Helsinki, an MA degree from George Mason University and a BA from the University of the District of Columbia. Newton’s desire to relaunch his career and to become a stronger researcher provided the impetus to return to school for a second doctoral degree. The unique research opportunities at YDAE and the international reputation of Purdue guided his decision to choose Purdue. He looks forward to combining his research and teaching experience in becoming a productive student at YDAE. In addition, he hopes to bring to YDAE his international experience and perspectives. Research, teachings, projects, grants, etc.: Newton works under the supervision of Dr. Mark Tucker and Dr. Mark Russell. His research focuses on agricultural science communication with special emphasis on applied agricultural communication in developing countries.  Future Plans: Newton’s goal during his studies at YDAE is to strengthen his research skills and to publish in peer reviewed journals. In doing that, he will contribute to existing scholarship at YDAE. Besides contributing to the general field of agricultural communication, Newton hopes to work in an international NGO after he graduates. He also plans to conduct practical research around community development through more informed communication.  

Education Degrees
BA Economics University of the District of Columbia
MA International Commerce & Policy George Mason University
PhD Agricultural Economics University of Helsinki

Research Interest
Technical efficiency, Technology adoption and farming systems, and Conservation agriculture

Funding Sources
Graduate Research Assistantship

Advisors
Dr. Mark Tucker
Dr. Mark Russell

Youth Development and Agricultural Education, 615 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-8423

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