Ian Muir Smith
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Ian Muir Smith is a Research Fellow at Food Tank. Before joining Food Tank, Ian worked at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (a United Nations agency), writing stories about the impact of climate finance on smallholder farmers. Ian has lived with and learned from organic farmers in South Africa, rural Kenya, and Chicago, his hometown. Ian's research interests include food sovereignty, climate change, and alternatives to development embodied through indigenous, regenerative, and community led agriculture.

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