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August 12, 2019

Perhaps the better question is: why isn’t food science widely utilized for humanitarian and development purposes?  An emerging field called Humanitarian Food Science and Technology (HFST) offers innovative solutions to food insecurity and malnutrition.

First, let’s defi...

April 13, 2019

“If you don’t have food security, you’re not going to have any other security.” 

David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme

The latest United Nations report on the state of global food security and nutrition is pretty discouraging.  After years of progress f...

April 11, 2019

Would you use your barbeque grill inside your home?

In many developing nations meals are prepared indoors on open fires or inefficient stoves using wood, crop wastes, charcoal, coal, dung and kerosene. The dwelling fills with dangerous pollutants that can be 100 times h...

September 13, 2018

I love working with entrepreneurs in the developing world.  They are like sponges, absorbing all the knowledge and insight and advice they can possibly take in.  Yet common mistakes prevail among fledgling businesses around the globe; let’s ensure you’re not making the...

May 12, 2018

It seemed like a great business model.

Several years ago, I worked with a young solopreneur in Liberia – let’s call her Lucie – helping her with a business plan. She had figured out that she could make good money by purchasing agricultural produce that’s plentiful in on...

March 29, 2018

In my work supporting food and agribusiness micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries, I must often find ways to improve their profitability. Adding value to agricultural products is my go-to strategy.

March 17, 2018

“I’d like to talk to you,” the young man demanded. “Sure, have a seat,” I smiled.  


I was in Liberia on a USAID consulting assignment.  My task was to identify 25 women-led enterprises in the agriculture sector and support them with business training, advisory, an...

May 30, 2017

 "If you think entrepreneurship is hard, try doing it in a developing country"

Listen to my interview with host Eric Dye where we covered the following questions:

  • You have an interesting background in both business and aid work. Tell us more about what you do.

  • S...

March 23, 2017

It was an honor and a privilege to be the very first interviewee for Agribusiness Academy's new podcast series.  Tom Chant did a fantastic job as host.  We chatted about the challenges of small businesses in developing countries, the need for agro-processing, and a pot...

March 14, 2017

I'm passionate about food security.  To me it's a crime that people don't have enough to eat; this is a basic human right.  I like to bring attention to organizations making a difference, and did just that in this feature article for the March 2017 issue of F...

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