Leland Fellow Accomplishments »
Notable achievements during the field and policy years exemplify Leland Fellows’ depth and breadth of service.
Since 2001 Leland International Hunger Fellows have made significant contributions in the fight to end hunger worldwide. Whether in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Washington D.C., Leland Fellows work on any number of cross-cutting themes to enhance the food security of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Field Year: Selected Accomplishments
- Established school gardens with integrated permaculture and nutrition classes to improve the effectiveness of school feeding programs in South Africa.
- Trained health workers in the Positive Deviance/Hearth approach to behavior change practices for caretakers of undernourished children in Mali.
- Designed and implemented health rights campaigns in Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.
“I have gained an incredible amount of experience, skills, and true expertise over the course of the two-year Leland Fellowship. I really feel I can successfully design, manage and report on projects and programming. I have learned a lot about running a non-profit organization…gained M&E, budget and project management skills, and participated in advocating innovative solutions for food security both by demonstration on the ground and through policy.”
– Lindsay Dozoretz: 2011 Leland Fellow, 5th Class
- Supported three WFP Cambodia food assistance interventions: maternal and child health, national tuberculosis control program, and home-based care and support for vulnerable populations.
- Developed a curriculum to train rural farmers on the business of non-timber forest products in Zambia.
- Assessed nutritional contributions and diversity of quinoa in smallholder households in Bolivia.
- Developed a food security strategy in southern Honduras including a livelihoods analysis, nutritional assessment, and participatory rural appraisal.
- Identified constraints and opportunities of the livestock value chain in Mongolia.
- Created agricultural marketing programs to increase farmers’ income and homestead programs to diversify and intensify production in rural Uganda.
4th Class Leland Fellow, Kurt Burja, served in the field with World Food Program in Cambodia
- Collaborated with local public health offices in Kenya to train community groups on HIV prevention, water sanitation and hygiene.
- Provided technical assistance for income generation in the dairy value chain for people living with HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.
- Conducted a systematic review of the treatment of acute malnutrition in children 6-59 months in Mali.
- Developed livelihood opportunities through livestock and agricultural development for caregivers and children orphaned by AIDS in Rwanda.
- Built capacity of farmer cooperatives in El Salvador to effectively impact rural development policy.
- Supervised nutritional support and capacity building for people living with HIV/AIDS in Senegal.
- Collected varietal data from farmers in India and linked findings to treaties affecting the exchange of plant genetic resources.
Policy Year: Selected Accomplishments
- Analyzed effectiveness of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Nets Program to improve the quality of government and donor assistance to rural Ethiopian households.
- Assisted in the creation of a pan-African sustainable food action network in South Africa.
- Promoted role of civil society in formulating national food security strategies in the Feed the Future initiative.
- Designed advocacy strategies to influence water, sanitation, and agricultural policies in El Salvador, tracking impacts of government and multi-lateral policies on smallholder farmers.
- Developed a policy framework to facilitate smallholder farmers’ access to seed banks to promote food security, productivity, and diversity.
- Researched existing and potential applications of communications technologies to promote agriculture and rural development in Ghana.
4th Class Leland Fellow, Emily Bancroft (left), spent her policy year with Physicians for Human Rights in Boston
- Supported capacity building partnerships between African and U.S. higher education institutions.
- Identified social and economic impacts of agroforestry systems in Niger to increase agricultural productivity of rural farmers.
- Researched the relationship between maize biodiversity, agricultural policy, and markets in Mexico.
- Evaluated impacts of increased global food prices on the poor in Latin America.
- Contributed to the policy development of a national action plan to fight child trafficking in Benin.
- Managed the communications strategy of a multi-sectoral consortium promoting policy to improve agricultural and rural development in Ethiopia.
- Advocated effective food policy and foreign aid assistance in East Africa in partnership with multilateral, non-government, and government partners.
- Developed frameworks and assessment tools to evaluate market impacts of local procurement on food security and smallholder farmers.
- Examined links between food security and desertification for the Global Mechanism on the Convention to Combat Desertification.
- Analyzed impact of food relief programs on long and short-term food security in Uganda.
- Documented impacts and success of schools-based food security programs to influence policy on school gardens.