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Young pastoralists expand business

While both men and women in the lowlands of Ethiopia have increased their engagement in local markets, they often lack access, agency, and commercial scale.

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Transitioning out of Pastoralism

Pastoralist communities can no longer rely on traditional livestock and agriculture for high-quality, nutritious food production and consistent income generation.

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Nutrition Boosted By Income Generation

Farhana Yeasmin, 24, remembers what it was like when her husband was the family’s sole earner. Because he was a day laborer and made little money, they struggled to even pay for basics. And if he couldn’t find work, the family sometimes skipped meals.

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​​Nepalese Women Fetched Water Before Daybreak

Kamala Magar’s day began before dawn. The Nepalese farmer would get up and walk miles in the cold to fetch water for her family. It would take her most of the morning to retrieve just one jar, which she’d use to make breakfast before setting out for more.

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Lloyd McCormick

Lloyd joined iDE Bangladesh in 2022 with more than 25 years of experience in international development, specializing in organizational management, business development, and project design. Most recently, he was the country director for the Mennonite Economic Development Agency in Kenya. He was also national director for ChildFund International in Sierra Leone, Gambia, and Liberia. During his career, he has worked in 20 counties across Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South/South East Asia, the Americas, and Africa. Lloyd brings deep experience in project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, market systems, social enterprise, micro-finance, and youth and women empowerment programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration management from the University of Northern Colorado. When he is not dedicating his time to work, he enjoys spending time on the family farm in the northern Colorado foothills.

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Mel Mackintosh

Mel serves as iDE’s controller, bringing decades of experience in non-profit accounting and financial management to the role. Mel concentrates on iDE Global consolidated financials and other global finance issues, as well as overseeing the day-to-day accounting for the UK and US business units. iDE was in fact her first employer after she graduated college. She was iDE’s accountant and a financial controller for five years before taking a controller role at Regis University where she oversaw a $133 million annual budget, consolidating financial reports of various subsidiaries and managing treasury responsibilities. She then moved to a controller position with the Adams County Housing Authority. She rejoined iDE in 2017 and has never looked back. Mel earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at the University of Denver and is a certified public accountant. Along with her sense of humor, Mel is well-liked for her knack for explaining financial details to non-financially minded people.

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Tiffany Koberstein

Tiffany took over as iDE’s agriculture director in 2021 after five years at iDE Canada. As director of agriculture for iDE, Tiffany leads iDE’s agricultural strategy development. She works closely with iDE’s climate, resilience, gender and nutrition experts to develop holistic agriculture impact models, with iDE’s evidence and analytics team to test and verify our impact assumptions, and with country teams to develop country-specific agriculture strategies. Together with these teams, she identifies strategic innovation priorities in agriculture to ensure iDE remains at the forefront of tackling the complex and growing challenges faced by rural smallholder farmers. In her prior role as program director, she led iDE Canada’s business development efforts, managed the project portfolio, and fostered relationships with Canadian institutional donors and sector groups. She secured more than $9 million in new funding for iDE, led donor relations for a sanitation project in Ghana, helped secure a landmark agro-pastoralist project in Ethiopia and co-developed the Paul Polak Innovation Fund, an award that funds innovative ideas within iDE. She joined iDE after spending seven years in the Canadian agriculture industry, leading farmer marketing and sales strategy for a multi-billion-dollar grain marketing organization. Early in her career, she spent two years living and working in Cairo, Egypt, leading the student recruitment and transfer process for a Canadian-affiliated university. She holds bachelor’s degrees in science and education from the University of Manitoba. She also holds a master of business administration degree from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, with an interdisciplinary focus including natural resources and the environment.

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Jennifer Roglà, PhD

As Director of iDE’s research and evidence efforts, Jennifer leads our global impact measurement strategy, designing and implementing evaluations, providing technical support to country offices, developing training opportunities and supporting new business efforts. She began her career developing international programs and partnerships, first at an Argentine start-up and later for the University of North Texas. She's done fieldwork in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, including two years in Costa Rica as a Fulbright-Hays Fellow researching long-term impacts of agriculture and WASH projects hosted by CATIE, an agricultural sciences institute serving Latin America. She's consulted on research design and evaluation for the World Bank in its Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) unit, the Rio de Janeiro Centro de Operações, and several indigenous livelihoods NGOs in Mexico. She has a Ph.D. in political science and international relations from the University of Southern California with specialties in research methods, and international public policy. In her free time, Jennifer loves all things food-related, hiking, amateur photography, singing in choral groups, and being a socially distanced tourist with her active and curious toddler.

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Social Return On Investment

Reviewing this longitudinal data is an opportunity to reflect on the contexts we’re working in, the kind of funding we need, and the models and interventions we’re implementing.

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Climate-smart farming pays off

By improving access to technical assistance, market information, quality inputs, and new technologies, iDE increases value-chain efficiency and competitiveness to benefit small-scale farmers.

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Top 3! iDE story

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Queen City Partnership

Together, iDE and Queen City are creating a more equitable value chain that respects coffee farmersssss

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Marketing Sanitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

iDE first addresses rural Cambodians concerns about COVID-19, combating misinformation about the vaccine and the spread of the disease, before we talk about the importance of latrines to their village's sanitation. 

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Shashwat Jha

Shash is a London-based investment banker at Barclays Capital, with experience in the technology and industrial sectors. Because he was born in India, and spent summers back there visiting grandparents, he witnessed the devastating impact of poverty in his home country and across the developing world firsthand. His life experiences fueled his passion for international development and the fight against poverty. While pursuing his economics degree from Cambridge University, where he specialized in development economics, graduating with single first class honors, he volunteered with charities dedicated to combating homelessness. 

His career highlights include contributing to a multibillion-dollar deal supporting the ramp-up of COVID-19 vaccine production in Europe; launching a consumer technology startup which secured angel investment; and being vice-president of his Cambridge College's student council. He also ran the Global Fintech & Blockchain Conference, one of the largest student-run conferences of its kind, and was president of the Cambridge Guild, part of the largest student network in the UK. In his free time, Shash is a keen follower of all sports, and was captain of his university college cricket team.