1st Class, 2001-2003
Field Placement: Fundaciòn Nacional para el Desarrollo (FUNDE), El Salvador
At FUNDE, Amy Damon studied the economic, political, social and institutional structures of El Salvador’s El Oriente region. She then used her research to make recommendations for how cooperatives, NGOs, local government organizations, public and private institutions, and social groups could best work together to achieve sustainable development objectives aimed at eliminating hunger in El Salvador.
Policy Placement: International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC
Amy contributed to a major research project investigating farmers’ livelihood strategies and land management decisions in the hillside areas of Honduras. This project complemented an IFPRI program that works with the poor living on “less favored lands” in developing countries.
Amy planned and led a regional community development pilot project in Belize that compiled three agricultural development strategy reports on dairy and livestock production. She also researched environmental racism in South Africa. She holds an MS in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.