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Hale, Joanne

Joanne Hale

Adjunct Faculty Member, Food & Agribusiness Institute


 Joanne is supporting the FAI new undergraduate pathway, Food, Poverty and the Environment as Adjunct Lecturer for the Feeding the World class.  She also looks forward to working with FAI’s future immersion trip for undergraduate business students to Nepal and other developing countries.

Joanne has worked in agricultural development for 33 years of which 31 years included residency in Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific.  Her long term assignments included Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malawi, Uganda, Nepal, and Uzbekistan.  More recently she has worked on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s multi-crop value chain assessment in targeted African countries, including two months of field research in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. 

She has worked as a USDA consultant in Rwanda, Ghana and Malawi taking a lead role in the design of each country’s Five Year “Feed the Future” strategies.  Joanne was also the USAID Director in both Nepal and Uzbekistan managing multi-million dollar development programs with emphasis on agriculture, health, and education.

In Uganda, Joanne served as the USAID Deputy Director for Uganda managing a $400 million portfolio which included agricultural reforms designed to increase crop diversification for expanded export opportunities.  Her work in Washington, DC as Deputy Director of the Office of Southern Africa, focused on a $500 million portfolio for 10 countries in southern Africa.  The portfolio included water resource management, economic reforms, rural credit, agricultural development and joint business ventures.

Joanne worked in Sri Lanka as an irrigation agronomist.  She also participated in the six month rice production training program at the International Rice Research Institute.

She received her Master of Science in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis (Phi Kappa Phi) and a Master of Science in Applied Economics from Stanford University.  She is the recipient of the C. Herbert Rees Memorial Award which honors one USAID person each year for excellence. This award recognized Joanne’s work in water resource management in Bangladesh