Host Organization: Tanager
First Year Placement
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Mary Kate worked as a Research and Nutrition Specialist providing nutrition-sensitive and gender mainstreaming support to the Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) program. This five-year program works to strengthen the capacity of African institutions to integrate nutrition and gender into their agriculture interventions and internal systems through tailored technical assistance. Her work focused primarily on supporting IGNITE’s client and non-client specific learning agenda by contributing technical input on research design, qualitative data collection, analysis, and training local service providers in qualitative methods for clients in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nigeria. She also worked alongside Tanager’s technical experts and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to lead a mixed-methods research study examining the enablers and barriers at the institutional level to advancing gender and nutrition agendas within client organizations. This study will contribute to the overall understanding of best models and practices in gender and nutrition mainstreaming within African agriculture organizations.