Dr. Deborah Hellums
Director of Fertilizer Research
Dr. Deborah T. Hellums currently serves as the Director of Fertilizer Research. Hellums has more than 30 years of experience in soil fertility research to support agricultural intensification in IFDC’s development projects. She has provided technical assistance to a number of IFDC’s projects focused on scaling out improved technologies that increase crop production on smallholder farms and contribute to food security in developing countries. She has also provided administrative oversight to international agricultural programs focused on the increased agricultural production, import substitution, and development of domestic agricultural inputs and outputs/processing chains. Hellums is involved in proposal preparation for funding IFDC’s fertilizer research and promoting increased agricultural productivity through interactions with trade associations that link various stakeholders required to develop and sustain agriculture markets. She is experienced in research design, implementation, and analysis related to the efficiency of agro-input use in upland and lowland cropping systems. She also has developed and conducted training programs on the improved agricultural technologies and related environmental issues and participates in international workshops on soil fertility and resource management.
She has worked in a variety of locations, including the Balkans, Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, including short term assignments in Albania, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Philippines, Rwanda, Togo, and Zimbabwe. Hellums has authored/co-authored numerous publications related to her work. She is a member of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.
Hellums holds a doctorate in soil science from Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama, United States). She earned a master’s degree in biology and a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from the University of North Alabama (Florence, Alabama, United States).