Kelly Hauser

Kelly is a policy manager focusing on agriculture, nutrition and US food aid reform. She has been integral in developing the Thrive campaign, as well as ONE's agriculture-related policy positions, strategic partnerships and the online Agriculture Griot Program. She joined ONE from Oxfam America, where she researched and wrote about agriculture, food security, climate change and humanitarian-related issues.

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4 African programs that are lifting HIV-positive people out of poverty

4 African programs that are lifting HIV-positive people out of poverty

I’m no HIV/AIDS expert, but I know that it’s incredibly hard for people living with HIV and their families to rise out of poverty for many reasons: decreased productivity as a result of being sick, stigma and discrimination, or the death of family members who would have helped young people to learn a trade. Agriculture, w...
5 signs that things are looking up in the Sahel

5 signs that things are looking up in the Sahel

Once again, the Sahel’s lean season (the period after farmers invest in planting but before they reap the benefits of harvest) is in full swing, and has pushed more people into a dire situation than ever before. After almost a year of crisis in the Sahel, 18.7 million people in more than 9 countries have…...
Inspiring leader: Meet USAID Nutrition Division Chief Anne Peniston

Inspiring leader: Meet USAID Nutrition Division Chief Anne Peniston

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet USAID Nutrition Division Chief Anne Peniston at a meeting on global nutrition hosted by 1,000 Days, an organization focused on promoting nutrition during the critical period of life between conception and two years of age. Anne has worked in US and international public health for more ......
Amazing Africa: Where chocolate comes from

Amazing Africa: Where chocolate comes from

This week, ONE agriculture policy manager Kelly Hauser tells the story of a Ghana cocoa farm through photos. Have you ever wondered where that stunningly delicious chunk of chocolate actually came from? Well, earlier this month, I got to find out. I traveled with a delegation of Yale Alumni ServiceCorps members who were alrea......
How the US farm bill could save both money and lives in Africa

How the US farm bill could save both money and lives in Africa

This blog is part of a series organized by The Huffington Post and the NGO alliance InterAction to call attention to the crisis in the Sahel, a region in sub-Saharan Africa where more than 18 million people face starvation and 1.1 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of dying from acute…...

VIDEO: 5 things to know about the Sahel food crisis

Yesterday, I got to use Google+ Hangout, a new technology that allows people to video chat each other, for social good. It was pretty awesome. The World Food Programme organized the Hangout and broadcasted it live on YouTube to raise awareness about the emerging food crisis in the Sahel. The World Food Programme’s Niger cou......
World economists agree: child nutrition is a best buy in development

World economists agree: child nutrition is a best buy in development

What would you do if you had $75 billion and four years to improve the world’s well-being? Recently 65 world-renowned researchers, economists and Nobel laureates got together and answered that question. They released their findings yesterday after more than a year of reviewing proposals and evidence, thanks to the Copenhage......
Harvesting rain with rocks in Kenya

Harvesting rain with rocks in Kenya

Government-funded global agriculture programs are making a world of difference for many small farmers in rural Africa. Don’t believe it? Read the living proof: The climate in Kenya’s Eastern Province is marked by extremes, alternating between floods and long periods of drought. When rains are scarce, wells and river b......

ActionAid on Aid to Agriculture

A few days ago, our friends at ActionAid USA released the report, “Pledges, Principles and Progress: Aid to Agriculture since L’Aquila,” which presents a new angle on donor L’Aquila pledge progress. The report is a valuable addition to knowledge about the extent to which donor countries are keeping their L’Aquila fo......
Sakina’s story: Transformational trees in Niger

Sakina’s story: Transformational trees in Niger

Government-funded global agriculture programs are making a world of difference for many small farmers in rural Africa. Don’t believe it? Read the living proof: Despite drought and famine, Sakina Mati would walk 6 miles a day in search of firewood for her family in southern Niger. Today, thanks to the Evergreen Agriculture m......
The Farm Bill: What does it mean for food crises?

The Farm Bill: What does it mean for food crises?

If the United States could have delivered 100 million more tons of food aid last year to the Horn of Africa crisis for the same cost, would you have voted for that? I would have. Currently in Congress, there is an opportunity to make our food aid dollars go much farther. It’s called the Farm…...
More from less: Adopting an innovative rice system in Mali

More from less: Adopting an innovative rice system in Mali

Government-funded global agriculture programs are making a world of difference for many small farmers in rural Africa. Don’t believe it? Read the living proof: Since it was pioneered in Madagascar in the 1980s, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is proving that poor smallholder farmers can increase yields and at the s......
Listening to the needs of Haiti

Listening to the needs of Haiti

This time last year, I was in Haiti working with a sister city program and reporting to the ONE Blog. One of the most meaningful experiences I had there was when I met with the mountain community Savanèt, located near Jacmel. I had run into Jackson Jean-Batiste, the chair of their community committee Komité Relèvman&hellip......
Insuring against drought in the Horn

Insuring against drought in the Horn

Drought is a major concern throughout the Horn of Africa, where a majority of the population relies on rainfall, not irrigation, to grow food. In Ethiopia, farmers like Mrs. Silas Samson Buru have benefited from and contributed to a partnership called HARITA, now known as R4. Run by the Relief Society of Tigray, with support&......