COVID-19 and Food Insecurity “Hot Spots” Analysis

Executive Summary As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread globally, health systems are strained and secondary impacts are often worse than the initial health crises – threatening livelihoods, food systems, and social protections, especially in vulnerable populations that were … Read more

Tiphaine Monroe

Tiphaine graduated from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2019 with an MPH in International Health and Development with a focus on humanitarian emergencies. She wrote her final public health analysis on the nutritional impact of cash programming for food in humanitarian contexts. Tiphaine also completed … Read more

Host Organization: Mercy Corps First Year Placement Maiduguri, Nigeria Based in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, Tiphaine worked as a Nutrition Support Advisor for Mercy Corps’ emergency food security programs in Borno State. Tiphaine helped to analyze social and behavior change communication … Read more

Sara Higgins

Sara Higgins holds her MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor’s in Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to becoming a fellow, she worked in federal healthcare spheres, including four years as a research analyst for an advisory … Read more

Host Organization: Catholic Relief Services First Year Placement Maiduguri, Nigeria For her first-year placement, Sara worked with Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS’s) nutrition and markets programs in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria. For the nutrition program, Sara … Read more

Bryan Pride

Bryan graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015 with an MPP in Sustainable Development focusing on food security and agriculture. While pursuing his graduate degree, Bryan received recognition for his research that examined the correlative relationship between cash crop production and rising levels of food insecurity within developing … Read more

Host Organization: Rise Against Hunger First Year Placement Raleigh, N.C. At Rise Against Hunger, Bryan is working with the Empowering Communities team to strengthen partner relationships and co-design food security projects. Through collaboration Bryan works to help build the capacity … Read more

Amit Smotrich

Amit Smotrich is food security and environment professional with over 6 years experience. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters in Global Human Development where she focused her coursework on food security and environment. She complemented this coursework with internships in the World Bank Agriculture Global Practice and … Read more

Host Organization: Helen Keller International First Year Placement Dhaka, Bangladesh Amit is working with Helen Keller International, prime agreement holder for the Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience and Gender Equality (SAPLING) project, a five-year multisector … Read more

Allyson Vertti

Ally Vertti holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, with a focus in International Policy and Management. During her Master’s Capstone team project, Ally consulted the United Nations World Food Programme … Read more

Host Organization: UN World Food Programme First Year Placement Quelimane, Mozambique For her first year placement, Ally supported the Nutrition Unit of WFP Mozambique at provincial level working on the Gender Transformative and Nutrition-sensitive (GTNS) stunting prevention project in rural … Read more

Maria Wrabel

Maria Wrabel holds an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and an MS in Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. While in graduate school, she focused on multi-sectoral programs addressing to … Read more

Host Organization: Action Against Hunger First Year Placement Juba, South Sudan Maria worked with Action Against Hunger USA in South Sudan as a Nutrition Fellow, focusing on the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition in humanitarian contexts. Based in former … Read more

Jacqueline Shieh

Prior to becoming a Leland Fellow, Jacqueline was a research intern at FHI 360, where she supported the Chief Science Office by conducting a rapid evidence review on the double burden of malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. During her graduate studies, Jacqueline qualitatively explored the neighborhood-level drivers of food … Read more

Host Organization: WorldFish First Year Placement Dhaka, Bangladesh Jacqueline is currently working with WorldFish in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a Nutrition Fellow. She is supporting the IDEA: Income, Diets and Empowerment through Aquaculture project. As a nutrition-sensitive project, IDEA aims to … Read more

Jini Kades

Jini Kades holds an MS in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont (UVM), along with a Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics through the Gund Institute for Environment. Her thesis explored stressors and their mental health affects on Latino migrant farmworkers in Vermont’s dairy sector. While at … Read more

Host Organization: ACDI/VOCA First Year Placement Dhaka, Bangladesh Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jini is currently working for ACDI/VOCA as a market systems specialist, contributing to two USAID Feed the Future activities. For the Livestock Productivity for Improved Nutrition activity, Jini … Read more

Marisa Nowicki

Marisa Nowicki is from McKinney, Texas. She has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Texas. In addition, Marisa has a Master’s in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. In graduate school, her capstone was a … Read more

Host Organization: Bioversity International First Year Placement Nairobi, Kenya In her first year, Marisa worked as the Policy Analyst and Behavior Change Specialist for Bioversity International in Nairobi, Kenya. Marisa and her team launched a three-year research project aimed at … Read more

Rhiley Allbee

Rhiley’s passion lies in facilitating sustainable and harmonious relationships between people and their environments. She completed a MS at Michigan Technological University in Forest Ecology as a part of the Peace Corps Master’s International program in spring 2019. Her master’s thesis focused on local perceptions of forest change over a … Read more

Host Organization: Global Green Growth Institute First Year Placement Seoul, South Korea As an Agroforestry and Investment Specialist based in Seoul, Rhiley worked with GGGI’s Sustainable Landscapes Thematic Area, Impact and Evaluation Unit, Green Investment Services, Climate Action and Inclusive … Read more