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About US

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With the vision to empower women to contribute to household incomes, increase productivity and reduce gender gaps in agriculture, and improve nutrition outcomes for farming families, INGENAES team members work with USAID missions, civil society and farmer organizations, universities, and private sector service providers in Feed the Future countries. We work through action-oriented training, learning exchanges, and mentoring programs to promote gender-transformative agricultural development and nutrition sensitive agricultural practices.

  • Team Members

    Partnering across institutions, expertise, and networks.

  • Country-level programs

    Working with USAID missions, NGOs, and experts in eight planned countries.

  • Partner Institutions

    Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

We are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), designed to assist partners in Feed the Future countries (www.feedthefuture.gov). The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the prime awardee, and partners with the University of California, Davis, the University of Florida, and Cultural Practice, LLC.

Our Team

Team members work with USAID missions, civil society organizations, farmer organizations, universities, and private sector service providers in focus countries. We collaborate with agricultural extension, gender, and nutrition experts worldwide. The full team can be found under the "About us" tab.
Dr. Paul McNamara
Director, University of Illinois
Paul has been involved in international development activities since 1982, working with communities across Western and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America. His focus lies in extension, consumer, health, and agricultural economics and rural development in the context of international development, research, education, and business.
Andrea Bohn
Associate Director, University of Illinois
Andrea has worked in the field of international development for the past two decades, applying her skills at first to introduce programs in Agricultural Sciences and organize courses at the University of Hohenheim in her home country of Germany. She later ran international learning programs for students at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Kathleen Colverson
Associate Director, University of Florida
Kathleen has over 20 years of experience with gender analysis, assessments, publications, and evaluations in east Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the United States. She has over 25 years of experience in formal and non-formal education, working notably with small and limited resource farmers and communities.
Dr. Mark Bell
University of California, Davis
After 20 years living and working in Mexico and the Philippines, Mark is now based at UC Davis, where he continues his work with partners around the world to help small scale farmers better access useful, credible information. Mark’s efforts look to understand and share how extension can be enhanced by combining traditional communication approaches with new and powerful Information Communication Technology (ICT) options.
Jan Henderson
University of Illinois
Maria Jones
University of Illinois
Edye Kuyper
University of California, Davis
Edye provides nutrition leadership to the INGENAES project. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Mauritania, and upon returning to the United States, worked as a community organizer and nutrition educator with local, regional, statewide and national projects. These experiences shape her commitment to holistic and participatory approaches for improving community health and nutrition. Edye holds an MS in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis.
Han Bum Lee
University of Illinois
Nargiza Ludgate
University of Florida
Nargiza has over 15 years of experience in agricultural development in Central Asia. She worked with smallholder farmers and large-scale cotton and wheat producers to develop agribusiness opportunities, rehabilitate irrigation and drainage infrastructure, and to develop water users associations, and public-private partnerships.
Cristina Manfre
Cultural Practice
Cristina is a gender and development specialist focusing on assisting implementing organizations to improve attention to gender in agricultural value chains. Cristina has experience leading and managing gender and economic growth programs in Kenya, the Dominican Republic, and Peru.
Katy Mosiman
University of Illinois
Katy has worked with several initiatives focusing on international human rights advocacy, community development, and urban and rural agricultural development. For these initiative, she has led the creative materials production and communications strategy.
Caitlin Nordehn
Cultural Practice
Caitlin is a development practitioner providing technical and administrative support on agriculture, health, and gender-focused activities. She has also supported knowledge management activities and conducted research on internationally focused organization development activities.
Dr. Deborah Rubin
Cultural Practice
Deborah is a senior development analyst, helping to integrate gender-sensitive framework, policies, and practices in programs for USAID and other development organizations. She has significant experience working with communities in Tanzania and Kenya.
Dr. Sandra Russo
University of Florida
Sandra has been working in international development for over 30 years, beginning in 1981 in sub-Saharan Africa and working across northern Africa and the Middle East. She has experience in agronomy and animal sciences, water resources, and agricultural innovations for smallholder farmers.
Nikki Grey-Rutamu
University of California, Davis
With more than ten years of international development experience focused in Latin America and East Africa, Nikki works largely on projects centered around public health, education, and agriculture.
Dr. Bhawna Thapa
University of Florida
Bhawna began her work in rural agricultural development with various non-governmental organizations in Nepal and India, which encouraged her to continue with programs that foster partnerships between university faculty and students with Feed-the-Future country partners.
Colby Silvert
University of Illinois
Hashem Zanaty
University of Florida
Hashem has 6 years of experience with the UF Center for African Studies in post-award administration of a $1.26 million grant from the United States Department of Defense and a $0.6 million grant from USAID. He was awarded two merit-based full scholarships to study in Canada and Scotland, and has extensive international work experience, including positions at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and in multinational corporations in Dubai and Miami.

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