Author Archives: M. A. Schweisguth

Work project: Guide for Incorporating Wage Labor into Value Chain Analyses

Here’s my latest work project output: A guide for incorporating wage labor analysis into value chain analyses. This is a deliverable for the USAID-funded Leveraging Economic Opportunities Project (LEO), led by ACDI/VOCA. LEO is focused on advancing USAID’s inclusive market … Continue reading

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Work project: Value Chain Analysis for USAID-Funded Sierra Leone Advancing Entrepreneurial Agriculture for Improved Nutrition

My employer, ACDI/VOCA, is an implementing partner on the USAID-Funded Feed the Future Advancing Entrepreneurial Agriculture for Improved Nutrition project in Sierra Leone. The project strengthens target agricultural value chains using a facilitation approach that leverages public and private partners … Continue reading

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Favorite Chocolates (update ongoing)

Since people have asked… Favorite chocolates, alpha order (though if I had to pick a few to take to a desert island: Grenada Chocolate, Upchurch, Theo 85%, Dick Taylor Belize, El Ceibo, Taza choco-nibs). Not a judgment, just my tastes. … Continue reading

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Work Project: Sierra Leone Agricultural Value Chain Analysis for USAID/Feed the Future

In July-August 2015, I traveled to Sierra Leone (Salone) for work (ACDI/VOCA), to lead an agricultural value chain analysis commissioned by USAID. The analysis will inform a planned Feed the Future program in the country. Sierra Leone grabbed my heart … Continue reading

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Farmer to Farmer Senegal: Getting to know Relais et VNC, and their communities

Bonjour from Senegal! On days three and four of my Farmer to Farmer assignment, we visited Relais et Volontaire pour la Nutrition Communautaire (Relais et VNC) members in five villages to learn about the behavioral changes they’re promoting, the related … Continue reading

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Farmer to Farmer Senegal: First Few Days

Bonjour from Senegal, where I’m starting my fourth USAID Farmer to Farmer (F2F) volunteer assignment. I volunteered via ACDI/VOCA previously (Jordan, Ghana and Viet Nam), and am with NCBA CLUSA this time. Thanks to Jane (CLUSA program manager), Abibou (in-country … Continue reading

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Thesis Submitted: Effect of Certification on Cacao Smallholders’ Net Incomes

I submitted my thesis for my M.S. in International Agricultural Development: “Evaluating the Effects of Certification on Smallholders’ Net Incomes, with a Focus on Cacao Farmers in Cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire.” I focused on evaluating smallholders’ agronomic and economic outcomes, … Continue reading

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