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Ebby Luvaga

Professor at Iowa State University


Ebby Luvaga is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University, and also serves as the Coordinator for Undergraduate Advising. She plays significant roles in the department’s three undergraduate programs, focusing on activities related to advising, recruitment and retention, teaching, and administration. She is also involved in leading student study abroad programs, and conducts research in developing countries.

Luvaga is very passionate about economic development issues facing Africa, particularly the role of gender in development. Of particular interest to her research is helping smallholder farmers understand how farming decisions have economic implications. She educates farmers on the value of record keeping as a key to making informed price and marketing decisions. She was part of a 2014-2017 USAID-Feed The Future (TFT) interdisciplinary research team that worked on legumes and soil fertility management in Uganda and Mozambique. She has hosted women enterpereneurs in agriculture from Nigeria through the Cochran Fellowship Program (USDA-FAS), as well as mentored a Mandela-Washington Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Fellow, also from Nigeria. Luvaga has also previoulsy served on the Board of Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR), a non profit organization that awards small grants to women groups in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and India. She currently serves on the Policy Committee for the Friends National Committee on Legislation (FCNL), a nonpartisan organization that lobbies to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Luvaga is well known for the more than 20 study abroad student groups that she has led to Argentina, Australia, Panama, Spain/France, Belize, the US Virgin Islands, and the United Arab Emirates, to study Production Agriculture, Business, Economics, and Trade. Luvaga has won numerous college and university awards and recognitions for her leadership and strong support of student success at ISU. Luvaga earned her doctorate degree in Economic Education and Master’s Degree in International Affairs both at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. Her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration was at Berea College, in Berea, Kentucky.

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