Host Organization: Bioversity International
First Year Placement
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 improving dietary diversity in Turkana County, Kenya through community-led agri-nutrition projects. Marisa helped improve upon this project by analyzing their previous project for lessons learned. For example, Marisa analyzed the potential spillover effects from community-led approaches, and then identified how that phenomena could be measured in future baseline surveys. This process includes extensive research, on-site focus groups with past and present participants, coordination with local academics, and numerous key stakeholder interviews with government officials. Lastly, Marisa collaborated on a food environment study. On this project, Marisa was tasked with designing a vendor analysis tool, training enumerators on how to use it, and supervising data collection.
Second Year Placement
Marisa’s second year placement is a continuation of her current work. Her host organization has since merged into The Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT. Her team operates within the Food Environment and Consumer Behavior Lever. This year, Marisa and her team will continue implementing their community-led, agri-nutrition project in Turkana County. Her work includes completing a food environment study, conducting education activities with community members, collaborating with policymakers, and writing research documents.