Jim Worstell, Ph.D. Agronomy and M.A. Social Psychology, is Coordinator of the Resilience Project. Jim has more than 35 years’ experience developing resilient farming systems in persistently impoverished rural areas–most recently in Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Armenia, Tanzania, Jamaica, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda, Egypt, Republic of Georgia, Kenya, Ukraine, Moldova and the Delta and Ozarks in the US. He has held teaching and research positions in both 1890 and 1862 Land Grant Universities.
Dr. Worstell was a Fulbright Scholar in 2010 in Ukraine. He was Executive Producer of an agricultural documentary, Spilled Milk, which won awards in 2007 at New York and Los Angeles Film Festivals and was invited to the Cannes Film Festival. He has organized conferences, seminars, workshops, and research in rural areas of 39 countries. He has assisted in development of new agribusinesses in several countries and directed programs for farmer group development, business planning, facility design/construction and policy change.
Dr. Worstell was one of the founding members of Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and served on the President’s Council for Sustainable Development. He has served as Board member of National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, and Arkansas and Kentucky non-profit corporations focused on sustainable agriculture. He helped establish the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Delta Regional Authority.
For more details including lists of publications and consulting reports see Worstell curriculum vitae Oct 2019