Robin Currey | Prescott College

Robin Currey

Ph.D.
Academic Statement

Dr. Currey is faculty and Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems at Prescott College teaching courses related to Food Systems Sustainability. Dr. Currey is an ethnoecologist specializing in biodiversity in small-scale agricultural systems, or home gardens. Dr. Currey served as faculty and as the Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program at Green Mountain College. In addition to her experience at GMC, Dr. Currey is an ethnoecologist, the former Director of Mercy Corps in Kyrgyzstan, an international development and humanitarian organization, and the current non-executive Director for a Mercy Corps-founded bank. Her work with Mercy Corps in Kyrgyzstan grew from her efforts to understand and influence the sustainability and resilience of small-holder agro-pastoral systems to address inequalities in the food system.

Robin’s work focuses on food systems at the nexus of nutrition, agroecology, micro-entrepreneurship and rural finance for small-holder farmers. She was in the Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia, for more than a decade, conducting ethnoecological research about home gardens and their role in agrobiodviersity conservation and household wellbeing. Apples, their pollinators, and the role of home garden production in the lives and livelihoods of families and communities in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, is a particular area of expertise. Robin has nearly twenty years of experience in interdisciplinary and applied research focusing on the effective use of natural resources, local economic and agricultural development.

She holds a M.Sc. in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Florida International University with a focus on the ethnoecology of agroecosystems.

 

Education

Ph.D.  Florida International University (FIU), Miami; Biological Sciences

M.Sc.  University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor; School for Environment and Sustainability (formerly School of Natural Resources and Environment); Resource Ecology and Management (REM)

B.S.    School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; REM

 

Expertise

Academic and Professional Positions

Director and Faculty, Sustainable Food Systems, Prescott College (PC), Prescott, Arizona, 2019 - present.

Director, Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), Green Mountain College (GMC), Poultney, Vermont, 2015-2019

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Green Mountain College (GMC), 2013-2019

Non-executive Director, Kompanion Bank, Kyrgyz Republic, 2009-present (including Islamic Finance subsidiary, Kompanion Invest)

Assistant Director, Master of Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), GMC, 2014-15

Country Director, Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan, 2011-2013 ($7 million annual budget; 50+ employees)

Deputy Country Director and Program Manager, "Food for Education," Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan, 2008–11

Ph.D. Candidate/Student, Ethnoecology, Florida International University, FL, 2001–09 (Kyrgyzstan 2003-9)

Scientific Advisor, Kompanion Financial Group & Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan, 2005–08

Agricultural Value Chains Consultant, Aga Khan Development Network, 2007

Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow, Kyrgyz Ethnobotany, Kyrgyz Agrarian University, 2004-5

EPA Science to Achieve Results Fellow, Florida International University, 2001-5

Researcher, University of Michigan Biological Station, MI, 1999–2000

Ethnobotany Consultant, Southwest Archaeological Consultants, Santa Fe, NM, 1998–1999

Research Assistant, Ethnoecology, UM, 1998

Environmental Educator, Lenk Environmental Education Center, Switzerland, 1996

Research Assistant, Landscape Ecology, UM, 1995–1996

Graduate Student Instructor (13 semesters; 6 courses+ 1 seminar), UM and FIU 1995–2002

Mentorship Coordinator, University Mentorship Program, UM, 1992–1995

 

Professional and Service Activities (selected; reverse chronological order)

Founder and Organizer, Sustainable Food Systems Solutions Symposium, GMC, 2016-2019.

Member, Student Conduct Committee, GMC, 2018-2019.

Member, Progressive Program Admissions Committee, GMC, 2015-2018.

Member, Faculty Compensation and Benefits Committee, GMC, 2016-2018.

Member, Navdanya Scholarship Committee, GMC, 2016-present (three selection years).

Chair, Academic Standards Committee, GMC, 2015–2017; Member, 2014-2015.

Member, Masters Council/Graduate and Online Steering Committee, GMC, 2014-present.

Member, Board of Directors, Kompanion Bank, 2009-present.

Member, Board of Directors, Kompanion Invest (Islamic Microfinance), 2014-2018.

Chair, Community Development Committee of the Board of Directors, Kompanion Bank, 2014-present.

Member, Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, Kompanion Bank, 2010-present.

Organizer, Community Development Retreat: Financial and Development Services Integration, KFG, July 2014, 2015, 2016.

Co-Author, 4th European Microfinance Award 2012: Microfinance for Food Security Proposal Home Garden Development Initiatives: an Ethnoecological Approach to Food Security, 2012.

Co-Author, The Knowledge Initiative - Access & Use of Information & Communication Technology for Women & Girls. Proposal submitted to the Swedish International Development Agency, 2012.

Consultant, Community Adaptation Plan Formulation and Agroforestry Activities. Mercy Corps Timor-Leste, 2012.

Co-Developer and Member, Advisory Committee, Impact Measurement System, Kompanion Bank, 2011- 2012.

Co-Author, Peaceful Change Program. Proposal submitted to USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation, 2011.

Advisor, Development Intelligence Unit (Applied Research, Monitoring, Evaluation of Financial and Development Services), Mercy Corps (MC) and KFG, 2010-2012.

Co-Founder and Advisor, Community Development Initiatives, MC and KFC, 2007-2012.

Co-Founder and Advisor, Technical Support Unit- 35+ extension agents (Service Learning and Sustainable Agricultural Extension Service), Kyrgyzstan, 2007-2012.

Co-Founder, “The Apple Festival,” Marketing Fair for Community Agriculture, Kyrgyzstan, 2005-

Internship Program Advisor, Mercy Corps, 2006-2013 (15 MA/MBA/MPH students)

International Non-Governmental Organization Representative, United Nations Humanitarian Country Team, Kyrgyzstan, 2010-2011.

Publications

Journals

Currey, R.C.D., J. Halpin, C. M. Mahoney, L. Valentine, T.D. Skinner, M.A. Alden, D. Abejon, S. C. Flaherty and J.G. Van Hoesen. (Submitted Nov. 2018). Mapping Agricultural Biodiversity for Dietary Diversity in Home Gardens: Lessons from Kyrgyzstan. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development: in review. 

Currey, R., M. Nuemann and P. Eckford. 2011. A market-integrated response to an emergency in Kyrgyzstan. Humanitarian Exchange Magazine 51: 29-31. http://bit.ly/RC_HumanitarianExchange

Heinen, J.T and Currey, R.C.D. 2000. A 22-year study on the effects of mammalian browsing on forest succession following a clearcut in northern lower Michigan. American Midland Naturalist 144:243-252.

Book

Currey, R.C.D. 2007. Apples in Home Gardens, Southern Shore, Lake Issyk-kul, Kyrgyz Republic. Kompanion Financial Group & Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (English, Kyrgyz, and Russian versions). http://bit.ly/RC_ApplesHomeGardens for English Version

Booklets 

Currey, R. 2016. Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Capstone Project Handbook. Green Mountain College. Poultney, VT. 19 pp.

Eckford, P., R. Currey, M. Neumann, and C. Brown. 2011. Beyond Conflict: Micro-Entrepreneurs Lead the Way in Kyrgyzstan. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. 31 pp. http://bit.ly/RC_Conflict

Shpakova, A. and R. Currey. 2007. The Apple Project – Kyrgyzstan 2006. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan and Kompanion Financial Group. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. 24pgs. (English and Russian versions). 

Book Review

Currey, R.C.D. 1999. Review of Dunmire, W.W. & Tierney, G. Wild Plants and Native Peoples of the Four Corners. Economic Botany 53(3): 311.

Dissertation/Thesis Associated Publications

Currey, R.C.D. 2009. Diversity of Hymenoptera, Cultivated Plants and Management Practices in Home Garden Agroecosystems, Kyrgyz Republic. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida. 198 pp.

Currey, R.C.D., Ford, R.I. & Viklund, L. 2000. Plant productivity survey and potential prehistoric use of the [Gachupin-Brackett Mine] Survey Area. In Dorshow, W.B., Mack, S.R., and Scheick, C.L., eds. Cultural Resources of the Gachupin-Brackett Mine: Preliminary Investigations of Cultural Landscapes on the Southern Park Plateau. Southwest Archaeological Consultants, Inc. Research Series 425B. Santa Fe, NM.

Currey, R.C.D. 1999. Pinus edulis in a low-production year: a spatially variable, asynchronous plant-food resource. M.S. Thesis, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 37 pp.

Currey, R.C.D. & Ford, R.I. 1999. Analysis of the 1998 Gachupin-Brackett Canyon plant productivity survey. Prepared for Southwest Archaeological Consultants, Inc. Santa Fe, NM.

Currey, R.C.D., Ford, R.I. & Viklund, L. 1999a. Preliminary report: Ethnobotanical plant productivity survey. Ethnobotanical Laboratory Report No. 596. University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

_______1999b. Ethnobotanical Plant Distribution and Productivity Survey. In Dorshow, W.B. and Scheick, C.L., eds. Archaeological Investigations in the Gachupin-Brackett Area, P&M Mining, York Canyon Mine Complex. Southwest Archaeological Consultants, Inc. Santa Fe, NM.

Consultancy and Assessment Reports

Tison, E., R. Currey, P. Ackerman-Leist and E. Hammond. 2016. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program Review. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

Currey, R. 2012. Energy for All (E4A): Approach to Community Adaptation Plans and Agroforestry Activities. Mercy Corps Timor-Leste.

Currey, R.C.D. and M. Neumann. 2010a. Multi-Sector Assessment Findings July 2010. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan.

_______2010b. Multi-Sector Assessment Findings August 2010. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan.

Currey, R.C.D. 2007. Food and Food Processing in the Kyrgyz Republic: Analysis and Recommendations for University of Central Asia. Universities of Central Asia. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Ostashko, A. and R. Currey. 2007. Household Surveys in the Kyrgyz Republic, 2006: An Economic Profile of Home Gardeners. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan and Kompanion Financial Group. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Currey, R.C.D. 2007. Preliminary Report to University of Central Asia: Food and Food Processing Supply Chain. Universities of Central Asia. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Currey, R. 2005. Current process and problems of selling products from home gardens, Issyk-kul Oblast, Kyrgyz Republic. Prepared for USAID Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Currey, R. 2005. Home gardens in the Former Soviet Union and the current situation in Kyrgyzstan. Prepared for USAID Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Currey, R.C.D. & N. Esengulova. 2005. Special problems of selling products from home gardens in the Kyrgyz Republic: Summary of January 18, 2005 Workshop. Prepared for workshop participants and Mercy Corps, Kyrgyz Republic. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

Currey, R. 2004. Conservation of Kyrgyz fruit tree varieties and yield improvement by educating about proper horticultural techniques. Prepared for The Christensen Fund. Palo Alto, CA.

Select Development Program Reports – 52 reports in total

Currey, R. 2012. Peaceful Change Program, Final Report. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan.


Currey, R. 2012. Baseline and Endline Surveys. McGovern-Dole Food for Education 2010-2012. Supplement to Food for Education 2010 Report #5. USDA. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan.


Currey, R. 2012. Learning and Results. McGovern-Dole Food for Education 2010-2012. Supplement to Food for Education 2010 Report #5. USDA. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan.

Currey, R. 2012. Project Status Report #5. Food for Education 2010. USDA. Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan.


Eckford, P. & R.C.D. Currey. 2011. Restoration of Assets for Families, Final Report. USAID Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance. Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan.


Eckford, P. & R.C.D. Currey. 2011. Emergency Response to Refugee Crisis in Kyrgyzstan, Final Report. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan.

Presentations

Invited Presentations (Sole author unless otherwise noted)

2019. What Does Home Grown Food Security Look Like? – Lessons from the Silk Road. Sustainable Development Department, 24 January 2019, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

2018. What Green Mountain College graduate students do: Building sustainable food systems from the Silk Roads to Country Roads. Faculty Colloquium, 28 February 2018, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

2017. Diet, environment and agrobiodiversity: What America can learn from Central Asian Food Systems. Middlebury’s Footprint: Introduction to Food Systems. 9 October, 2017. Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.

2017. Credit for conservation: an ethnoecological approach to incentivizing sustainable management of agro-pastoral systems in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Falk School of Sustainability, 13 April 2017, Chatham University, Pittsburg, PA.

2017. Credit for conservation: an ethnoecological approach to incentivizing sustainable management of agro-pastoral systems in the Kyrgyz Republic (alternate version). Honors Forum, 25 April 2017. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

2017. Impact evaluation of an ethnoecological approach to home garden development. Global Perspectives on Food and Agriculture hosted by the Navdanya Scholarship, 10 April, 2017. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

2017. Masters of Science in Sustainable Food Systems. Board of Trustees of Green Mountain College, 11 February, 2017. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

2017. Theory (of change) into practice: proposal writing. Ethnographic Field Methods/Social Research I, 11 April, 2017. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

2016. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program (SFS).  Seeding Sustainable FoodSystems: Farm and Food Program.  Faculty Colloquium, 27 April 2016, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

2015. Kyrgyz Nomadic Pastoralism and Meat and Dairy Food Culture. Food Preservation. Green Mountain College.

2014. Ethnoecology and Microfinance for Food Systems. Faculty Colloquium, 04 February 2014, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT

2012. Improving food security and incomes through high-impact agricultural value chain development and finance.   "Supporting Inclusive Growth: New Opportunities Through Value Chain Financing." Microfinance Centre. Tblisi, Georgia.

2010. Can we really apply development principles in practice? InterAction Forum. Washington, D.C.

2009. Home gardens. Increasing Agricultural Production: A View from the Fields. United Nations Early Disaster Recovery Conference. United Nations Mission, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

2008. Home garden management, species and varietal diversity and production in the Kyrgyz Republic. Ethnobiological Research Methods Workshop. Global Diversity Foundation, Chok-Tal, Kyrgyzstan.

2008. An ethnoecological approach to scientific research. Taalim Forum. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

2005. Prospects for market development of home garden production, Kyrgyz Republic. United States Embassy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

2005. Tosor and Tamga, Kyrgyz Republic: How do market pressures influence in situ conservation of apple varietal diversity? Environmental Science, American University in Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

2003. Kyrgyz home gardens. “Plant Talk,” Florida International University Biology Department.

2000. Currey, R.C.D. and Heinen, J.T. 2000. Opportunities for botanical research in the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan. “Plant Talk,” Florida International University Biology Department.

2000. Differential caloric distribution in archaeological landscapes. Graduate Seminar, FIU.

1998. Policy, plants, and cultural resource management: a case study of the Vermejo Park Ranch. Parks and Protected Areas, Florida International University.

 

Conference Presentations

Currey, R.C.D., J. Halpin, C. M. Mahoney, L. Valentine, T.D. Skinner, M.A. Alden, D. Abejon, S. C. Flaherty and J.G. Van Hoesen. 2019. Lessons in Food System Localization from the Silk Road - The Geospatial Rapid Agricultural Biodiversity Survey for Dietary Diversity. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology. Vancouver, Canada. https://ethnobiology.org/conference/sessions/42/xviii-global-changeglobal-health

Currey, R. and J. Van Hoesen. 2018. Homegrown food security: lessons from the Silk Road. Northeast Organic Farmers’ Association – Vermont. Burlington, Vermont. http://bit.ly/LessonsFromSilkRoad

Ackerman-Leist, P. and R. Currey. 2018. Biodiversity at the core: how the apple created an organic revolution. Northeast Organic Farmers’ Association – Vermont. Burlington, Vermont.

2018. The power of spatial narratives – stories from the Silk Road. 3rd Annual Sustainable Food System Solutions Symposium. 23 February, 2018. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

2017. Linking biodiversity and diet diversity, Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia. 2nd Annual Sustainable Food System Solutions Symposium. 17 February, 2017. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

2016. Agricultural biodiversity loss over a ten-year period from home garden agroecosystem, Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia. Abstract accepted for 2016 Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology. Tuscon, Arizona. Did not attend due to injury.

2015. Impact Evaluation of an ethnoecological approach to home garden development. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology. Santa Barbara, California. http://bit.ly/RC_EthnoecologicalEval

2014. Explaining edible plant diversity in home gardens of the Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia. Paper presented at the Joint Society Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology and Society for Economic Botany. Cherokee, North Carolina.

Brown, C. & R. Currey. 2011. Improving food security and incomes through high-impact agricultural value chain development and finance. Cracking the Nut: Overcoming Obstacles to Rural and Agricultural Finance. Washington, D.C.

2006. The Apple Project. Fourth Credit Implementers Workshop, Mercy Corps. Issyk-kul, Kyrgyzstan.

2005. The special problems of growing and selling products from home gardens in the Kyrgyz Republic. Workshop: “The Special Problems of Selling Products from Home Gardens in the Kyrgyz Republic.” Ministry of Agriculture. Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

2004. Pollination and fruit set of apples in the Kyrgyz Republic. Science to Achieve Results/ Graduate Research Opportunities Conference, Environmental Protection Agency. Washington, D.C. (poster)

Currey, R. & Chad Husby. 2004. A farewell to pines. Sixth Annual Biology Symposium, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University. Miami, Florida.

2000. A call to quantify: a landscape ecology approach to hunter-gatherer land use patterns. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1999. Variation in distribution and fruit production of edible plant species in northeastern New Mexico. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology. Oaxaca, Mexico.

 

Other presentations

2018. What our students do – Assessing the impact of sustainability and resilience education through capstone projects. Meet the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Director, Dr. Robin Currey. Green Mountain College Graduate and Online Programs Webinair Series. 19 April, 2018. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT. http://bit.ly/RC_SustainabilityEducation

2018. Sustainable Suburbia - Sustainability sciences for Suburbia. Prepared and presented as business development concept to numerous constituencies. Spring, 2018.

Currey, R. and J. Van Hoesen. 2018. Geospatial growth: Geospatial data for financial service organizations. Kompanion Bank. 26 March, 2018. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

2017. What does home grown food security look like? Meet the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Director, Dr. Robin Currey. Green Mountain College Graduate and Online Programs Webinair Series. 12 December, 2017. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT.

 

Trainings

2008. Credit and Conservation. Kompanion Financial Group and Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

2008. Credit and Conservation II. Kompanion Financial Group and Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Diushebaev, U, Currey, R.C.D., Stratievskaya, L. and Kadyraliev, S. 2008. Getting Ready for Times of Scarcity. Kompanion Financial Group and Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Awards, Grants, & Honors

Microfinance Centre (MFC) Innovation Award 2017: Microfinance Innovation Award (Winner), Microfinance Centre (2017). Kompanion Financial Group winner, a microfinance company, for initiative I co-developed and co-designed with Dr. John Van Hoesen, Green Mountain College and Olesya Paukova, Kompanion Bank, announced December 2017 for innovative projects that stand to significantly contribute to financial inclusion within the next two years.

European Microfinance Award 2014: Microfinance and the Environment (Winner), European Microfinance Platform and Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2014). Kompanion Financial Group winner, a microfinance company, for initiative I co-developed and co-designed; announced November 2014 for microfinance initiatives that represent innovative solutions to global environmental concerns. € 100,000 prize.

European Microfinance Award 2012: Microfinance for Food Security (Finalist), European Microfinance Platform and Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012). Kompanion Financial Group finalist, a microfinance company, for initiatives I co-developed and co-designed; one of three finalists announced November 2012 for microfinance initiatives that represent breakthroughs in promoting food security.

Innovative Social Impact Investing (Highly Recommended), Microfinance Recognition Awards, Hanson-Wade (2010). Awarded to Kompanion Financial Group for Horticultural Development Initiatives (I co-designed and was implementation advisor).

Individual

Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan’s Director’s Award (2009). Awarded for exemplary program implementation, USDA’s "Food for Education" program (program manager).

Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan’s Director’s Award (2007). Awarded for exemplary program implementation, “The Apple Project,” a home garden development initiative (design and co-implementation).

Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow (2004-2005). “Kyrgyz Ethnobotany – Winter Use of Plants.” Institute for International Education.

Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship (2002-2004). Environmental Protection Agency. Awarded for dissertation research.

Slavic Language Institute Fellowship (2002). University of Michigan Summer Language Institute. Tuition fellowship for Russian language study.

Presidential Enhanced Graduate Assistantship for Doctoral Studies (2001-2005). Florida International University. Full support of graduate study awarded based on academic merit.

Allen Schultz Memorial Wildlife Ecology Award (1999). Resource Ecology and Management (REM) Faculty, SNRE. Awarded to outstanding graduate student in wildlife management (foraging theory applied to food systems of archaeological landscapes).

Rackham School of Graduate Studies International Travel Grant (1999). UM. Awarded on a competitive basis.

Xi Sigma Pi (1995 -). National Honor Society of Forest Resource Management and elected Vice President, University of Michigan Chapter (1995).

Michigan Veteran’s Trust Fund Fellowship (1992-1995). Full support of undergraduate study.

 

Additional Funding

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Green Mountain College (2016-2017). The Sustainability College Scorecard: Impact Evaluation of Green Mountain College’s Food System Initiatives. $1,000.

National Geographic Society, Conservation Trust Research Grant. (2005) (C61-05). $12,500.

University of Michigan Biological Station, Research Grant (1997). Herbivory and Forest Succession. $1,500

Development Program Funding – Primary Authorship

(* denotes implementation responsibilities)

*United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program (2012). Food for Education, Kyrgyzstan. $11.3 million. School feeding; nutrition education; catch-up growth research; education policy; capacity building for Ministry of Education, Sanitation and Epidemiological Control Center and school nursing staff; parent and community empowerment, community-led school infrastructure rehabilitation.

*Anonymous Donor (2010). Mercy Corps’ Early Emergency Response. $40,000. Pilot re-capitalization grants for micro-entrepreneurs with outstanding micro-credit loans whose micro-enterprises were destroyed/disrupted by communal violence combined with debt relief.

*Anonymous Donor (2010). Micro-Enterprise Restoration. $50,000. Pilot re-capitalization grants for micro-entrepreneurs with outstanding micro-credit loans whose micro-enterprises were destroyed/disrupted by communal violence combined with debt relief.

*Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2010). Emergency Response to Refugee Crisis in Kyrgyzstan. $700,000. Pilot re-capitalization grants for micro-entrepreneurs whose micro-enterprises were destroyed/disrupted by communal violence.

*International Resources Council (2010). Mercy Corps’ Early Emergency Response. $30,000.

*Muslim Aid (2010). Micro-Enterprise Restoration. $15,000. Pilot re-capitalization grants for micro-entrepreneurs with outstanding micro-credit loans whose micro-enterprises were destroyed/disrupted by communal violence combined with debt relief.

*Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), USAID (2010). Restoration of Assets for Families. $700,000. Pilot re-capitalization grants for micro-entrepreneurs whose micro-enterprises were destroyed/disrupted by communal violence.

*United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Food for Peace Program (2010). Emergency Food Assistance for Jalalabad and Osh. $3.9 million. Pilot un-conditional cash transfer program to improve food access for households impacted by communal violence.

*United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program (2010). Food for Education, Kyrgyzstan. $2.3 million. School feeding; nutrition education; catch-up growth research; school feeding program budgeting; income-generation with simultaneous student training at vocational schools; community-led school infrastructure rehabilitation.

*Mercy Corps’ Social Entrepreneurship Fund (2009). Rural Waste Management. $50,000. Community development initiative focused on soil quality improvement for small-holder farmers advocating for organic agriculture as a competitive advantage.

OFDA, USAID (2009). Community Based Food Assistance Program. $7 million. Pilot local and regional procurement program for chronically food insecure households impacted by global food price inflation and drought.

*OFDA, USAID (2009). Emergency Response for Earthquake-Affected Families in Alai Region, Osh Oblast, Kyrgyzstan. $50,000.

*Mercy Corps’ Phoenix Fund (2007). Gardens and Plastics. $50,000. Community development initiative focused on soil quality improvement for small-holder farmers advocating for organic agriculture as a competitive advantage.

*Mercy Corps’ Phoenix Fund (2005). The Apple Project. $50,000. Household and then community level sustainable horticultural development initiative focused on agrobiodiversity conservation, food self-sufficiency with marketing strategies and equity in market channel access.

 

Coverage in News & Media

U.S. Embassy Bishkek. 2016. The United States’ Food for Education Program in the Kyrgyz Republic. United States Embassy. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9Ts2K8GUvE

European Microfinance Award. 2015. “What have Kompanion done with the 2014 European Microfinance Award Prize money?” Kompanion Financial Group. Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate for Development Cooperation, the Luxembourg Round Table on Microfinance and the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPEOKPZ8pLM

Kompanion Bank. 2015. “Film o Kompanionay.” (Film about Kompanion). Kompanion Bank. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebpPg6ejQdU

European Microfinance Award. 2014. Kompanion Financial Group. Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate for Development Cooperation, the Luxembourg Round Table on Microfinance and the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP). https://youtu.be/Mes2EMFWMpc

European Microfinance Award. 2012. Kompanion Financial Group. Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate for Development Cooperation, the Luxembourg Round Table on Microfinance and the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP). https://youtu.be/LOi-guMfpXY

Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. 2009. The Apple Festival. Gardens and Plastics project (GAP). Kompanion Financial Group & Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. 2009. The Future Begins Today. Gardens and Plastics project (GAP). Kompanion Financial Group & Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. 2009. Home Garden Development Initiatives. Kompanion Financial Group & Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Script written by Sagyndykova, A. and R. Currey). (DVD)

Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. 2009. Turning Waste into Cash. Gardens and Plastics project (GAP). Kompanion Financial Group & Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (DVD)

Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. 2007. The Apple Project. Kompanion Financial Group & Mercy Corps, Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmU22tyRhwQ