The World Food Prize Foundation

2021 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Julie Howard

Senior Advisor, CSIS; Global Food Security Program

Julie Howard is an independent consultant focusing on food and agricultural system development in sub-Saharan Africa and related US policies and programs.  She is a non-resident Senior Adviser in the Global Food Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  Dr. Howard is a Director of the World Vegetable Center and co-chairs the Agriculture and Rural Development Working Group of the Scaling Community of Practice.  She is the co-author of the 2021 Synthesis of Learning from a Decade of CGIAR Research Programs, a CGIAR evaluation report.

From 2011-2014, Dr. Howard served as the first chief scientist in the Bureau for Food Security and senior adviser to the USAID administrator on agricultural research, extension, and education. In this role she directed the research, policy, and capacity development programs of Feed the Future. She served previously as CEO of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, a nongovernmental research and advocacy organization, and as a faculty member and senior adviser at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from MSU and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

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