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.
2012 Fulbright Global Food Security Seminar at North Carolina State University
Preparing for Tomorrow's Global Food Needs Today
October 17-20, 2012
North Carolina State University was recently chosen by the US Department of State and the Institute for International Education to be the US academic institution to develop and host the Fall 2012 Global Food Security Seminar. The State Department, which administers the Fulbright Program, has identified food security as a key component to our foreign diplomacy and humanitarian aid. The workshop will be held on October 17-20, 2012 at NC State University.
Our workshop theme is “Preparing for Tomorrow’s Global Food Needs Today” and we will expand this theme into several key areas of global food security; namely, technological advances in meeting food security challenges, improving food production, environmental sustainability, and infrastructure development (including building collaboration among universities and community, governmental, or industry partners). Meeting tomorrow’s food needs for all the people of the world is a critical need and directly impacts peace and security.