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Leland Fellow

Amit Smotrich

10th Class, 2019-2021

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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 the Office of Global Climate Change at USAID. In addition, Amit spent Summer 2018 working with CARE Guatemala to collect baseline data for a WASH in schools project that paired WASH and nutrition interventions. She also completed research on resilience in fragile contexts with Mercy Corps as her graduate capstone project. Prior to attending Georgetown, Amit led Food Security and WASH advocacy at InterAction where she managed diverse coalitions of NGOs, government partners, and research institutions to strengthen international development policy, programs and funding. These efforts resulted in the passage of the 2016 Global Food Security Act, consistent foreign assistance funding for FY2017/FY2018, and improved coordination among the NGO community. Amit's primary interests lie in the intersection of agriculture and livelihoods development, resilience, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. She is originally from Westchester, New York.

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 Food for Peace Development Food Security Activity being implemented in Bangaldesh’s Bandarban District, Chittagong Hill Tracts. She provides program support to the project’s integrated food security and livelihoods team, and supports senior management on strategic planning and reporting activities to USAID. She also contributes to the project’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting agenda by collecting and sharing program innovations, participant success stories, and creating materials and tools to strengthen social and behavior change for nutrition and food security

Second Year Placement
Phnom Penh, Cambodia