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Chama Kaluba Jickson 

Chama Kaluba Jickson is a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Studies Group. He is a historian of contemporary African history. His Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in History were obtained from the University of Zambia, in 2011 and 2017, respectively. In 2021, Chama obtained a PhD in African history from the University of Pavia, Italy, under the supervision of Professor Giacomo Macola and Professor Pierluigi Valsecchi. His research interests include African social, economic and political history, with a special focus on the agricultural and cultural history of cassava in central Africa. His thesis “An Agricultural and Cultural History of Cassava in Zambia”, which focuses on the centrality of cassava to the long-term relationship between producers and successive state administrations in Zambia, from the pre-colonial period to the late twentieth century, provides a comprehensive history of cassava in Zambia.

Kaluba Chama’s current research extends the results of his doctoral thesis by touching on the impact of cassava to Zambia’s national economy beyond the 1990s. He is currently working on a monograph, which deals with the history of cassava in Zambia, from pre-colonial times to 2018.


Kaluba Jickson, Chama and Giacomo Macola ‘Food Security and State Agricultural Policies: The Long history of Cassava in Zambia from the Pre-colonial period to 1990’, in Africa (forthcoming).

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