Senior Technical Advisor, Economic Growth Division
GETTING TO KNOW EMMET MURPHY
Emmet is an expert in food security, agricultural development, ICT4D, proposal writing and program management, among other areas. In his role with the Economic Growth Division, he provides technical leadership in agriculture and food security and leads the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub as its Technical Director.
Beyond your job title, please explain your role at Creative
My role as Senior Technical Advisor is to research and secure new opportunities for Creative’s Economic Growth Division and provide technical input on agriculture and food security. I serve as the Technical Director for the USAID-funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, providing technical input related to catalytic and R&D agriculture grants, gender inclusion and MEL.
Do you have an accomplishment, programmatic result or activity that you are particularly proud of?
I was Chief of Party for a USAID Food for Peace food security intervention in Haiti from 2008-2012. I had the opportunity to design the project in 2007 on behalf of ACDI/VOCA, secure the contract and then hire and manage a large team in the Southeast Department of Haiti.
In early 2008, food insecurity was worsening due to a global rise in food prices. Our team was tasked with setting up an ambitious food security program in the Southeast Department to raise agricultural production, improve maternal child health and nutrition and early warning for slow and rapid onset disasters for 40,000 households. We worked closely with the Ministry of Health (MSPP), Ministry of Agriculture (MARDNR) and Food Security Agency (CNSA) to improve food security and resilience. A final evaluation of the project found that there were significant improvements in child nutrition as measured by weight-for-age, in household food/dietary diversity and the adoption of agricultural innovations.
We were caught off guard on January 12, 2010 when a massive earthquake struck. Both our project area and head office in Jacmel was in the seismic zone with a significant number of deaths and destruction. My team was significantly involved in the immediate relief efforts in Jacmel and Port au Prince where food from our regular MCHN program was diverted to general distribution to a large displaced population. We also oversaw cash for work programs to push funds out to communities who were hosting displaced people from the capital. We were able to use existing relationships with the government to “build it back better” and maximize the impact of these funds.
Food Security, Agricultural Development, ICT4D
M.A. in International Political Economy and Development, Fordham University | B.A. in International Relations, University of California, Davis
25 years of experience in food security, agricultural development, ICT4D and small business owner with overseas assignment as COP and DCOP in Haiti and Uganda and consulting in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Jordan/Syria, Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe
English, French, Lithuanian; Proficient in Haitian Creole, Luganda and Twi