Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego

United States Director Food Systems Oxfam America

Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego  has over 20 years of experience across the private and nonprofit sector and is currently the Director for the Food Systems Theme for Oxfam America.  His team purpose is to achieve healthy, inclusive, resilient and sustainable food systems for all, especially for marginalized women and men who produce our food. His Theme focuses on three inter-related areas: Private sector engagement for an inclusive food value chains; Women’s Economic Empowerment and Food & Climate Justice.


Before joining Oxfam, Dr. Lawson-Lartego spent a vast majority of his career with CARE International in various capacities in country offices in West Africa, regional and global roles. While with CARE, Dr. Lawson-Lartego and his team pioneered CARE’s first Market Engagement & Value Chain Development strategy and implementation, enabling CARE to impact over 10 million people in developing countries. 

Dr. Lawson-Lartego has  two master’s degrees in economics Rural Social Development respectively from University of Togo and Reading University in the UK. He also earned a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University. 

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