Author: Casey Harrison

Livelihoods & Agribusiness Director — Casey was born and raised on a farm in rural Maryland, and has worked at the nexus of smallholder farming in Africa and natural resource management since 2009. Prior to Nuru, he contributed as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia where he served as an agricultural extension agent, and worked with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on mitigating the negative environmental and social impacts of agricultural production and value chains with a focus on East and Southern Africa. He has completed a dual MA in Natural Resource Management and International Affairs from American University in Washington DC and the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and in his free time, Casey enjoys traveling, backpacking, biking, and live music of all kinds.
Restoring Our Earth Through Locally-led Development 

“Restore Our Earth” is the theme for Earth Day 2021. To “restore” is to repair, rebuild, or renew. These words, emotions, and actions…

Transforming Rural Economies Through Professional Farmer Organizations

At Nuru, a firm belief remains constant: the best way to cultivate lasting meaningful choices is from within the community, within the household,…

Nuru’s Digital Development Strategy and the AMEA AgTech Guide

Digital Development at Nuru Nuru has demonstrated success in developing resilient, locally-led organizations in rural areas of Kenya and Ethiopia as outlined in…

COVID-19, Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Nuru’s Response

As global coronavirus cases continue to rise and tense economic debates fill the news and social media echo-chambers I would like to thank…

Desert Locusts: How will farmers be impacted?

The Desert Locust The most expansive outbreak of desert locusts in decades is currently migrating across the Horn of Africa and reaching north…

On-farm Livelihood Diversification for Rural Ethiopia

Workenesh Nekeri is a Nuru woman farmer, mother, and a member of Shambara Primary Cooperative in SNNPR, Ethiopia. She and her husband became…

Nuru Kenya Leads the Charge at the AMEA Global Convening in Nairobi, Kenya

One of the key components of the Nuru model to eradicate extreme poverty in fragile, rural areas is through investment in local farmer…

Nuru Partners to Build Sustainable Farmer Organizations

One of the key components of the Nuru model to eradicate extreme poverty in fragile rural areas is investing in and developing local…

Staying Smart in Agriculture

The first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts in this series are an attempt to convey how Nuru’s approach to rural livelihood development…

Co-creating Local Value Chains

This post is the fifth in a six-part series on Nuru’s rural livelihoods programming and how it helps farmers and their families take…