Jim Gaffney

United States General Development Officer Bureau for Resilience and Food Security

Jim has been involved in agriculture his entire life, having grown up on a corn-soy-hog farm in southwest Minnesota.  He is also a product of the land-grant university system: the University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University (Harvard of the Plains), and the University of Florida were his institutions of choice for a bachelors, masters, and PhD, respectively.  Jim’s passion for African agriculture was formed during his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.  Prior to joining USAID, Jim’s career had been in the crop protection and seed industry in the private sector, most recently with Corteva Agriscience.

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