I’m an Associate Technical Director, Market Systems, at ACDI/VOCA (and a bit fanatical about all things cacao). The contents of this site are mine, and do not reflect the views of past or present employers.

Professional Interests:

* Driving the development, implementation and evaluation of agricultural development and sourcing efforts that optimize outcomes for smallholders and value chain partners
* Facilitating improved smallholder farm and enterprise management, organizations, value chain competitiveness, and market systems
* Fostering strategic corporate sustainability programs that mutually benefit producers, value chain partners and consumers
* Monitoring & Evaluation, and Impact Assessment, of producer development efforts (including certification).

My M.S. thesis focused on analyzing the effects of the Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified certifications on cacao farmers’ net incomes and yields in Côte d’Ivoire.

Specialties: Agricultural development, trade, economics, value chains and market systems; econometrics, field and desk research, program development and management, sustainable/ethical sourcing and business, commodity certifications, metrics and indicators, impact assessment, monitoring & evaluation, organic and sustainable agriculture, food industry, chocolate/cacao sector, strategic planning, writing, marketing, communications

MeGrenadaCacaoTree1Please feel free to check out my background and LinkedIn profile, follow me on twitter @maschweisguth and get in touch.