I got my first taste of development work as a Peace Corps volunteer in northern Zambia from 2007-2009. While living in a rural village I became interesting in finding ways to integrate environmental sustainability into my development projects; I particularly came to see the importance of increasing the sustainability of agricultural practices in order to improve livelihoods.
After completing my service, I enrolled in the Monterey Institute of International Studies and completed my Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy in December of 2011. My studies focused on sustainable agriculture, conservation, and development. I was then lucky enough to find an opportunity to gain more hands on agricultural experience that could compliment the theoretical knowledge I gained in graduate school. In January 2012 I came to Malawi and am currently a program manager at the Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology in Lilongwe.
I am excited to be back in Africa and hope to use this blog as a way to share my experiences in Malawi (and elsewhere!) with any friends and family.
I hope you enjoy!