Department of Community Sustainability
Area of Expertise:
International development, technology and innovation, agriculture and community
Abou Traore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability. Dr. Traore completed his PhD studies at Pennsylvania State University in rural sociology and international agriculture and development on innovation platforms for smallholder rice production. He was a recipient of the AfricaRice research fellowship in 2014-2018. His masters’ degrees are in Sociology (Julius Nyéréré University of Kankan) and in Public Administration and International Development (Clark Atlanta University). Previously he taught development sociology; organizational sociology; and sustainability and the environment at Julius Nyéréré University of Kankan. Dr. Traore’s teaching and research interests are in international agriculture and development with an emphasis on: (1) agricultural technology adoption and environmental sustainability, (2) food security and the resilience of smallholder farmers in agricultural value chains, and (3) application of mixed methods and evaluation practices for sustainable development. In addition, he has also worked on a variety of development projects in Guinea that address democracy, good governance and civic engagement; traditional health practices and childhood education; and childhood nutrition and well-being. Most recently, Dr. Traore has collaborated on an international NSF funded project documenting community social and knowledge networks for Ebola and Zika.