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Leland Fellow

Natalie Volin

11th Class, 2021-2023

Natalie holds an MS in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. At Tufts, Natalie worked on the Changing Access to Nutritious Diets in Africa and South Asia (CANDASA) project to build a database of global food price data for the purpose of better understanding the availability, quality, and adequacy of food price data and to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global retail food prices. She also worked for the USAID/FFP Food Aid Quality Review (FAQR) and managed the Research Engagement on Food Interventions for Nutritional Effectiveness (REFINE) project. An environmentalist at heart, Natalie received her undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado and worked in Guinea as an agroforestry extension volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps.

Host Organization: International Food Policy Research Institute

First Year Placement
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Boston, Massachusetts

Based in Addis Ababa and now from Boston, Massachusetts, Natalie is a member of the IFPRI evaluation team for SPIR, an impact evaluation of Ethiopia’s social protection program. Natalie engages with both Ethiopia- and U.S.-based colleagues on nutrition and livelihood interventions to be studied in the second phase of SPIR. She is currently working on a survey analysis to understand adoption rates of agricultural innovations among smallholder farmers. In the works is a costing analysis to map out SPIR program expenditures and time allocation to outcomes for a better understanding of the cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of nutrition sensitive interventions.