Rachel is the Founder and Managing Director of the Backpack Farm Agriculture Program
, an internationally recognized social enterprise having engaged more than 20,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya and South Sudan that received the 2010 UNEP/UNDP SEED
Award for "green" enterprise, the 2012 GSBI Fellowship in social enterprise, and is the 2013 Finalist for the KATERVA Award in Global Food Security.
By 2017, the mission is to grow 1 million smallholder farmers out of poverty. She is actively developing commercial, agriculture initiatives targeting East and Sub Saharan Africa's community of smallholder farmers to produce commercially viable, socially responsible chains of high nutrition produce for local and export markets.
Find out more about the Backpack Farm Agriculture Program in this short YouTube clip
Thursday, October 18
9:45 am - 11:45 am
"Creating Global Sustainable Food Systems"
Nick Hamon is Vice President and Head of Sustainability for Bayer CropScience North America. In this role, Nick is focused on strengthening the sustainability platform for the organization, leveraging his most recent experience as VP of Product Development and Sustainable Development for Bayer Environmental Science (BES), a division of Bayer CropScience LP. In his former role, Nick led the global BES sustainable development initiative ‘Protecting Tomorrow Today’ as well as managing a team of scientists dedicated to providing new products to the Professional and Consumer customers of BES.
Dr. John O'Sullivan is Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at North Carolina A&T State University. He is also the director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). He has more than 25 years of experience with rural development sustainable agriculture and sustainable community. He is also part of the Management Team for the Southern Region Professional Development Program of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.
Dr. Andrea S. Anater is a public health nutrition researcher
in the Food and Nutrition Policy Research program at RTI International. She has
more than 12 years of experience in academia and with non-profit and for profit
contracting firms, working with and studying recipients of public feeding
assistance programs and users of private hunger relief organizations. As a behavioral scientist, her work focuses on
behavioral, cultural, political and environmental factors, and social
constructs that influence health behavior change, particularly as it relates to
nutrition-related chronic disease prevention and food insecurity.