ActionAid is calling on the Obama Administration to end support for the New Alliance, and focus its funding on supporting poor farmers in Africa.
Doug Hertzler is Senior Policy Analyst on land rights issues at ActionAid USA. He has a deep personal background in agriculture, having been raised in dairy, corn, soy, and vegetable farming in central Pennsylvania. He has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, and has conducted research on social movements and land rights in Bolivia. Prior to that he spent over five years living in indigenous smallholder villages in eastern Bolivia where he worked with agro-forestry and other rural development projects. From 2001 through 2012, he served as a faculty member at Eastern Mennonite University, and as Associate Director of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center.