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Perspectives in International Development Seminar Series: Spring 2021

Most farmers in sub-Saharan Africa work with limited access to productivity enhancing technologies, formal markets and affordable financing. This makes them especially vulnerable when yields stagnate — often a result of low quality inputs and increasingly erratic weather patterns due to climate change. Farmers also lack access to information about prices and lucrative opportunities to sell their crops, making it harder for them to earn a consistent income to support livelihoods. To address these challenges, the Clinton Development Initiative developed its Community Agribusiness (CAB) approach, supporting the formation of farmer groups to collectively increase the quantity, quality, and consistency of their production while also improving their access to markets and finance. This seminar will highlight partnerships that make this work possible, and explore the sustainability of the CAB approach, as it seeks to strengthen farming communities positions, power and contributions within agricultural value chains. 

About the presenter

Ariana Constant '09, MPS '14 is the Director of the Clinton Development Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that drives community agricultural business development across farming populations in Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania. Ariana works between New York and Africa to create partnership networks with governments, private sector, non-profits and civil society. Her work supports the sustainable development and resilience of community farming groups through impact-driven programs that encourage rural agricultural economic growth through trainings and brokering relationships between farming communities and other actors along agricultural value chain. Between 2009 and 2012, Ariana served in the Peace Corps as an Agroforestry Extension Agent in Senegal. Ariana holds both a B.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Management and a Masters in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University.

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About the seminar series

The "Perspectives in International Development Seminar Series" is co-sponsored by the Department of Global Development, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the School of Integrative Plant Science as part of courses IARD 6960NTRES 6960PLSCS 6960 and AEM 6960. For additional questions, contact course teaching assistant Khusel Avirmed at ta346 [at]

Ariana Constant

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Khusel Avirmed, Teaching assistant

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Ariana Constant, Director, Clinton Development Initiative


Department of Global Development

Natural Resources and the Environment

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

School of Integrative Plant Science

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