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Jessica Bateman BS’05 MS’11

Jessica Bateman BS’05 MS’11 Agricultural and Applied Economics • Jessica Bateman’s experiences at CALS, which included a health and nutrition study abroad program in Uganda and a course called World Hunger and Malnutrition, were formative in her decision to pursue a career in agricultural economics. Today Bateman is the nutrition technical quality coordinator for Mawa, a USAID-funded Feed the Future project with roots in Zambia. Collaboration with her Zambian colleagues and interacting with communities in the field are the most rewarding aspects of her career, she says. Bateman’s role in developing community-based approaches to improving nutrition allows her to witness small changes that greatly benefit the health of children, in particular. Those approaches include promoting consumption of locally produced foods, cooking demonstrations and training field staff in nutritional lessons for community outreach.