Rosemary received her PhD in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University under her advisor, Dr. David Kraybill in August 2015. Her thesis focused on issues of Human Capital Investments and Microfinance in East African Agriculture. She examined the impact of remittances on nutritional intake of households in Tanzania. She has also assessed the impacts of microfinance on agricultural productivity and long term asset accumulation among rural households in Uganda. Prior to her graduate studies, she was involved in many research projects including evaluating cash for food programs among refugees in Uganda as well as the impacts of landfills on environmental amenities.
Malnourishment is common among rural smallholder farmers, particularly among women who do the bulk of agricultural work in many parts of Africa. This study addresses the effects of nutritional intake on labour productivity and earnings, using the 2005-06 and 2009-10 rounds of the Uganda National Panel Surveys (UNPS). Aim 1 of the study is to test for thresholds of nutrient intake that may be associated with higher productivity, thereby contributing to low-intake poverty traps. Aim 2 is to test for gender differences in the nutrition-productivity relationship, which could arise from systematic failure of intra-household allocation to meet the nutritional needs of one gender as opposed to the other