Blog: Linking food security research to policymaking
8th Class Leland Fellow Michelle DeFreese wrote this blog post on the crucial link between robust program evaluation and policymaking for successful agricultural development while attending the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security at Cornell University.
Publication tags: Blog post - Advocacy and Education, Food Systems and Agriculture, International Agricultural Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture, Smallholder Farmers
Michelle received her BSc degree in Anthropology at Rutgers University and studied abroad at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She completed an MA in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), University of Geneva in Switzerland. During her postgraduate studies, she completed internships at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome and the Permanent Mission of Timor-Leste to the United Nations in Geneva. Following her studies, Michelle was based at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico and traveled to document project activities, organize stakeholder focus groups, and carry out interviews of smallholder farmers and farmer cooperatives in Africa and Asia. Originally from New Jersey, Michelle is a polyglot and is looking forward to learning Swahili during her field placement.
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