Senior Program Staff
Yogesh is a senior program staff in the area of Strengthening Local Economies at Coady. He facilitates Coady’s educational and training programs, research initiatives, and capacity strengthening efforts globally in the area of Sustainable Livelihoods and Market Development. His current research and capacity building projects/programs focus on agricultural development, particularly in relation to smallholders and their livelihoods, practical development of community-led tools and methodologies for livelihood planning and value chain development; role of producer collectives/member-based organizations in value chains; food security, women and agriculture; and social enterprise and micro-franchising. Yogesh has over eleven years experience managing programs on poverty reduction, livelihoods, markets and enterprise development in India, Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Yogesh started his professional career at the grassroots in central India, implementing poverty reduction programs of the Government and the World Bank. He designed and implemented community-based projects on watershed, irrigation, agricultural development, and saving and credit. Following this Yogesh worked in North Carolina, United States, providing 'hands-on' assistance to emerging enterprises and non-profit organizations in market research and analysis, business planning, process improvements, developing backward and forward linkages, networks and partnerships and internal and external communication.
Before coming to Coady, Yogesh was working in India with ACCESS Development Services (a CARE India promoted organization) managing innovative livelihoods programs. With ACCESS Yogesh initiated projects on value chain/subsector development, livelihoods finance and Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) enterprise development. Besides this, he has been a resource person to FAO's work on Agri-business development in South and Southeast Asia.
Yogesh holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree from Columbia University, New York; Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management; Bachelor of Engineering from Government Engineering College Raipur, India; and a Certificate in Livelihoods and Markets from the Coady Institute. Yogesh is also a recipient of the Ford Foundation's International Fellowships Program (IFP).
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