Austin Alcorn PetersonAgricultural Development Specialist
Austin Alcorn Peterson is an Agricultural Development Specialist with a Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis. Austin grew up in urban Tacoma, Washington, but fell in love with small-scale agriculture while attending undergrad at Southern Oregon University. Upon graduation, he served as an urban agriculture volunteer in Tambacounda, Senegal. There, he worked to develop a school garden with a local primary school, assisted urban market farmers in improved vegetable production practices, and advised in the development of a Master Farmer community education site. Following the completion of his Peace Corps service, Austin became the lead technical trainer for Peace Corps Senegal’s agriculture program and then the Peace Corps Senegal Training Coordinator.
Since leaving the Peace Corps, he has worked on a number of projects at the confluence of agriculture, economics, governance, and livelihood development in Kenya and Liberia. Most recently he served as the Feed the Future Funded Integrating Nutrition and Gender into Agricultural Development (INGENAES) Liberia Project Manager, and as a curriculum development consultant for Oxfam Liberia’s Technical Vocational Education Program for Agriculture.