Fred Kasongo

Fred Kasongo is a humanitarian and development professional with over 25 years of experience in project management, including design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Throughout his career he has also supported grants and budget management, strategic planning, and provided leadership to various projects. Currently, he is the senior implementation director on the ACCELERE! project in…

Nathalie Albrow

Nathalie Albrow brings 18 years of experience in global health, managing complex multi-year, cross-sectorial development programs across regions, from stand-alone bilateral projects to large-scale, centrally-funded awards through their life cycle. Her passions center on maternal and child health, nutrition, and behavior change. Ms. Albrow oversaw country programs on SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in…

Measuring the Adoption of Nutrition and Sanitation Practices for Sustained Behavior Change

The USAID Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Water Activity (TAWA), which aims to raise incomes by engaging rural women directly in agricultural productivity while also boosting awareness of better nutrition and sanitation behaviors, has integrated learning and continuous improvement in its standard operations. By embedding a sense of collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) practices…

Embedding CLA Practices into the Activity Early on Fostered Improvements in Nutrition, Sanitation, and Farm Production in Southwestern Tajikistan

To reach 50,000 farmers — 70 percent of them women — in 4.5 years, USAID’s Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Water Activity (TAWA) developed the nutrition-sensitive Farm to Fork capacity building program. The program, based in the Khatlon province of Tajikistan, particularly targeted women farmers of reproductive age or those with children under age…

Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Mara River Basin

The Mara River Basin (MRB) is home to more than 1.28 million people in Kenya and Tanzania and supports a number of critically important wildlife areas. However, pressures such as population growth and land use change threaten water resources, and the threat to water resources in turn threatens development of key economic sectors such as…

News: Chemonics Welcomes New Agriculture and Food Security Practice Director

Chemonics is pleased to announce Garron Hansen as its new Agriculture and Food Security Practice director. Mr. Hansen is an accomplished agriculture, economic growth, and private sector development professional with nearly two decades of experience. Before joining Chemonics, Mr. Hansen served as a program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Agriculture Development team,…

Rachel Hampshire

Rachel Hampshire is an international health and nutrition professional with over twelve years of experience. She currently serves as the Director of the Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance Francophone Task Order. Ms. Hampshire has developed technical approaches for proposals and ongoing programs addressing themes such as nutrition, water and sanitation, community health, and maternal…

Improved Livelihoods and Nutrition in Tajikistan

Many women and children in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan lack access to sufficient vitamin A, iron, zinc, iodine, and proteins, which has led to a 31 percent stunting rate. USAID’s Feed the Future Tajikistan Agriculture and Water Activity (TAWA) works to reduce these nutrition deficiencies, supporting farmers in nutrition-sensitive agriculture sectors so they can…

Changing Lives in Haiti Through Agriculture

Although the agriculture sector employs more than half of Haiti’s population and offers one of the only ways for people in rural communities to support themselves, the sector struggles to achieve consistently higher yields and sales. “Feed the Future Haiti Chanje Lavi Plantè,” which means “Changing Lives” in Haitian Creole, confronted this issue by increasing…

Improving Nutrition Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Introducing a New Crop

The livelihoods of rural households in Tajikistan are highly dependent on agricultural production, yet farmers are not able to produce enough food to meet their own needs. It is sadly ironic that in an area dominated by farming, malnutrition among children is common and also causes many health problems for women of reproductive age. Farmers…