Deborah started her career in Kenya working with communities on agro-forestry and clean energy solutions. Her over thirty years of experience includes field-level technical support, policy, strategy, knowledge management, evaluation and diplomacy. Her career has included working with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), World Bank (Adaptation Fund and the GEF), Canadian Government, including Environment Canada and the Canadian Development Agency, US Agency for International Development, and assignments with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and other bilateral and nongovernmental institutions in Africa, Latin American, the Middle East and Asia. A USA/Canadian national with a MF, and PhD level work in Natural Resource Economics (Duke University).
Deborah’s extensive experience includes working with communities on issues related to climate change, food and nutrition security, natural resource management, integrating the right to food and gender empowerment in sectoral policies, prioritizing development actions in humanitarian assistance, and finding durable solutions for refugees and those in situations of displacement. She has taught university students, conducted research and published on a number of issues including climate impacts on livelihoods’, migrants and livelihood priorities, gender empowerment, the right to food, community-level food systems, endangered species management, and agro and social forestry systems.
Deborah is founder and codirector of South North Nexus, a nonprofit that is working on climate and social justice issues in six countries. She is also teaching at global health and human rights at Montana State university. Her current research includes: the nutrition and food security of migrant families at the US southern border, many climate migrants from the Dry Corridor of Central America; occupational health issues and migrant workers in the construction industry in Montana; and building climate resilience and food security in Kenya, Colombia and Mongolia.
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