Improving the Incomes and Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Sahara
During the summer, I worked in Kenya and Rwanda for TechnoServe, a non-profit that strives to create business solutions to poverty. Particularly, I was on the Strategic Initiatives Team, which is the consulting branch of TechnoServe. The project I worked on was a value chain market analysis for a pan-African NGO whose mission is to improve the incomes and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in sub-Sahara. This client asked TechnoServe to identify output market interventions that maximize profits for farmers. My responsibilities included: stakeholder interviews, PowerPoint presentations, case study analysis, and building farmer-level cost-benefit analysis reports. This experience aligned with my desire to work in social impact consulting and my initial interests of pursuing a specialization in Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods. That said, I learned that agriculture is no longer my passion, but I’m very fortunate for the field experience and consulting skills I built over the summer with TechnoServe’s SI team!