Jamie is our newest Program Intern. Recently returned to the US after 6.5 years in Nepal, Jamie is now pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in Global Development at Cornell University. During his internship, he will be assisting EcoAgriculture Partners with the coordination of a pilot ILM project in three districts of Nepal. Furthermore, he will also be looking at the intersection of ILM and regional renewable energy development. Time to learn more about Jamie:
EcoAg: Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how your background led you to work with EcoAgriculture Partners?
Jamie: I grew up in New Jersey. I studied economics and environmental science as an undergraduate at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Toward the end of my time at university, I started to develop a strong desire to learn how to farm. For two growing seasons after graduating, I worked on an organic farm near my hometown in New Jersey. In January 2014, I packed up and moved to western Nepal after accepting a sustainability position at an NGO there. What was intended to be a 5-month project turned into a six and half year, life-changing experience. Throughout my time at the BlinkNow Foundation, I was fortunate to be involved in and lead projects in green construction, renewable energy, ecological landscaping, food systems and sustainability education. I returned to the US in July of this year and am now pursuing a Master of Professional Studies degree in Global Development at Cornell University.
I’m driven by a desire to understand how human communities can thrive within the limits of the natural world, and my economics, environmental science, agriculture and development experiences have all provided unique perspectives. I really look forward to working with EcoAgriculture Partners to further this understanding at a scale that is essential to match the monumental task ahead of us.
EcoAg: What will be your role working with EcoAgriculture Partners?
Jamie: I will be assisting with the coordination of a pilot ILM project in three districts of Nepal. I’m really looking forward to collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders to identify mutually beneficial development strategies. I am also excited to gain an understanding of the financial tools that can be used to implement these projects.
In addition to my direct duties with the Nepal project, I will also be looking at the intersection of ILM and regional renewable energy development. I believe there is great potential for renewable energy to enhance the concept of integrated landscape management and I look forward to understanding how this can be done in a way that is equitable, ecologically responsible and economically feasible.