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Household-level and Spatial Analysis
Snr. Program Manager, HarvestChoice

Melanie joined HarvestChoice in 2010 as a Consultant providing analytical and quantitative support to the 2010 Strategy Refresh of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Agricultural Development Program. Melanie combines national household surveys to look at the spatial distribution and characteristics of poor small farm holders in sub-Saharan Africa with a view to better inform poverty-reducing investment programs.

Mel spent 5 years as a research assistant and then information system specialist with the Center for Global Trade Analysis (GTAP) at Purdue University. She then consulted for the Dutch Agricultural Policy Research Institute (LEI), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the areas of pesticides and air quality standards, with USAID health programs in Yemen, the Development Gateway Foundation and for the African Development Bank.

She holds a M. Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. Her thesis was entitled Rainfall Probability and Income Distribution in Mozambique - A General Equilibrium Approach.

Before moving to the U.S. in 1997, she received a Masters in International Management degree from the European School of Management (EAP), with a specialization in market finance and information systems. Her first thesis was entitled Price Risk Management Strategies in Agriculture and the Use of Derivatives - How can European Wheat Growers Hedge Efficiently Against Price Risk. She previously gained experience in quantitative data analysis interning for European commodity brokers and emerging markets investment funds in London and Paris.

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