Amy has nine years’ experience designing and implementing value chain development programmes, most of which has been on the ground in African countries including Ghana (2 years full time), Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, South Africa. She also managed cocoa livelihood programmes in Indonesia and Peru.
Amy is a market systems practitioner who has worked with a range of businesses from global commodity traders like Mondelez and Ecom AgroIndustrial to African SMEs such as livestock buyers and producer organisations. Her specialist technical areas are agricultural entrepreneurship, resilience building, gendered value chain assessments and food and nutritional security.
From 2017-18, Amy led the design and implementation of a UK Department for International Development (DfID) strategy to form 72 Farmer Group Enterprises across Zimbabwe, with the aim of capacity building them to be better able to serve national and international markets. In 2019, Amy delivered a detailed Resilience and Competitiveness Strategy for local and national level market actors in Zimbabwe to adapt to the extreme political, economic and environmental challenges.
Previously, Amy worked for Palladium International (an International Development consultancy) as an Operations Manager and subsequently as a technical consultant on a UK Department for International Development (DfID) ‘Livelihoods and Food Security Programme’, working with businesses and farmers across nine value chains in Zimbabwe. From 2011-15, Amy implemented a value chain traceability technology system and rural livelihood programmes across Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Peru and Indonesia for Ecom AgroIndustrial (formerly Armajro Trading).
Amy holds an MA Hons in Globalisation, Development and Business from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and a BA Hons in English at the University of Exeter
Amy has been supporting twentyfifty’s clients since December 2018.