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Dr. Robert Mazur, Professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University

Dr. Robert Mazur, Professor, Iowa State University

BS University of Iowa
MA, PhD Brown University

302 East Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9286
FAX: (515) 294-2303
Curriculum Vitae

Robert Mazur is a Professor of Sociology and Associate Director for Socioeconomic Development in the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods.  CSRL facilitates rural development and multidisciplinary applied and action research in Uganda; he served as founding Director 2003-2008. His primary research interests are innovation and diversification in rural livelihood strategies (including migration), and linkages among livelihood activities, food security, and health.

He currently serves as Principal Investigator in a 5-year USAID-funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab project, leading a multidisciplinary team of researchers to understand and strengthen farmer decision making strategies for improved soil fertility management in maize-bean production systems in Africa.  He also supervising the dissertation research project of his fifth Ph.D. student recipient of a Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program grant.


What's New with Dr. Mazur

Robert E. Mazur. 2015. "Farmer Decision Making Strategies for Improved Soil Fertility Management in Maize-Bean Production Systems." 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security. Cornell University. Ithaca, New York.

Annet Abenakyo and Robert E. Mazur. 2015 "Motivation and participation in multi-stakeholder innovation platforms in the Great Lakes Region of Africa." Community Development Journal

Haroon Sseguya, Robert E. Mazur, Betty Wells, and Frank Matsiko. 2015. "Quality of participation in community groups in Kamuli District, Uganda: implications for policy and practice." Community Development.

Jalal Uddin and Robert E. Mazur. 2015. "Socioeconomic factors differentiating healthcare utilization of cyclone survivors in rural Bangladesh: a case study of cyclone Sidr." Health Policy and Planning

H. Sseguya, R.E. Mazur, D. Masinde and J. Nakiranda. "Building the Capacities of Stakeholders in a Farmer-to-Farmer Extension System for Enhanced Livelihoods in Kamuli District, Uganda."

Richard F. Miiro, Frank B. Matsiko and Robert Mazur. 2013. "Training and Farmers' Organizations' Performance." Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension

Jonathan Garcia, Amber Hromi-Fiedler, Robert E. Mazur, Grace Marquis, Daniel Sellen, Anna Lartey and Rafael Pérez-Escamilla. 2013. "Persistent household food insecurity, HIV, and maternal stress in Peri-Urban Ghana." BMC Public Health

Haroon Sseguya, Robert E. Mazur, Jemimah M. Njuki, and Francis Y. Owusu. 2013. "Determinants of Participation and Leadership in Food Security Groups in Southeast Uganda: Implications for Development Programs and Policies." Journal of Rural and Community Development

Harriet E. T. Okronipa, Grace S. Marquis, Anna Lartey, Lucy Brakohiapa, Rafael Perez-Escamilla and Robert E. Mazur. "Postnatal Depression Symptoms are Associated with Increased Diarrhea Among Infants of HIV-Positive Ghanaian Mothers." Springer Publishing

Anna Lartey, Grace Marquis, Robert Mazur, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Lucy Brakohiapa, William Ampofo, Daniel Sellen and Seth Abu-Afarwuah. 2012. "Maternal HIV is associated with reduced growth in the first year of life among infants in the Eastern region of Ghana: the Research to Improve Infant Nutrition and Growth (RIING) Project." Maternal and Child Nutrition

Willy Ngaka, George Openjuru and Robert E. Mazur. "Exploring Formal and Non-formal Education Practices for Integrated and Diverse Learning Environments in Uganda." International Journal of Diversity in Organizations

Haroon SSeguya, Robert Mazur, Eric Abbott and Frank Matsiko. 2012. "Information and Communication for Rural Innovation and Development: Context, Quality and Priorities in Southeast Uganda." Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension

Richard F. Miiro, Robert E. Mazur, and Frank B. Matsiko. 2012. "Factors in the Transfer of Governance-Facilitation Skills within Farmers'
Marketing Organizations in Uganda." Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension

Robert E. MAZUR, Henry Kizito Musoke, Dorothy Nakimbugwe, and Michael Ugen.2011. "Enhancing Nutritional Value and Marketability of Beans Through Research and Strengthening Key Value-Chain Stakeholders in Uganda." International Food Policy Research Institute.

Haroon Sseguya, Robert E. MAZUR, and Dorothy M. Masinde. 2009. “Harnessing Community Capitals for Livelihood Enhancement: Experiences from a Livelihood Program in Rural Uganda.” Journal of Community Development Society

Mazur, Robert and Sheila Onzere. 2009. "Social Networks and Status in Adopting Agricultural Technologies and Practices among Small-Scale Farmers in Uganda". Earthscan.

Mazur, Robert and Oleg V. Stakhanov. 2008. “Prospects for Enhancing Livelihoods, Communities, and Biodiversity in Africa Through Community-Based Forest Management: A Critical Analysis,” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 13(5) (July).

Current Research Project Reports

Conference presentation: October 11, 2015, 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security

Farmer Decision Making Strategies for Improved Soil Fertility Management in Maize-Bean Production Systems
Poor and declining soil fertility is the primary constraint to common bean productivity among smallholder farmers in Africa, affecting cropping systems, food security, nutrition, incomes, and livelihoods. MORE

"Enhancing Nutritional Value and Marketability of Beans through Research and Strengthening Key Value Chain Stakeholders in Uganda and Rwanda."
Women and men in East Africa typically cultivate 1-2 hectares of land with variable soil fertility; depend on erratic bimodal rainfall; have limited access to extension, training for improved agronomic practices, quality seed, credit, technologies to improve yields and reduce post-harvest losses. MORE