College Events
Sep6

Right to Food Seminar Series: Batamaka Some, West Africa Regional Representative, McKnight Foundation

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 180 Bevier Hall

Batamaka Somé, an Anthropologist and an alumnus of the University of Illinois, is a Research Consultant based in Burkina Faso. He conducted work in agriculture and gender, mainly focusing on rural livelihoods strategies, food security, agricultural productivity and market access, women’s economic empowerment, and cash crop farming in Africa. Mr. Somé provided technical advising to Non-government, philanthropic and humanitarian organizations, including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). His research on the economic impacts of poultry-raising on rural households convinced the Philanthropist Bill Gates, who featured him on his personal blog (https://www.gatesnotes.com/Development/Why-I-Would-Raise-Chickens). Batamaka also drafted The WFP West and Central Africa Bureau’s Regional Gender Strategy for 2015-2020, and reports on local governance of natural resources and climate change adaptation among pastoralists for the International Livestock Research Institute. He currently works mostly as the Regional Representative of the West Africa Community of Practice (CoP) of the McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Programme. Prior to embracing the international development work, Batamaka garnered 15 years of teaching in high school and higher education. He holds a BA in English, a Master’s degree in African literature, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Education from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). He also holds a Masters and a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology and a Master’s Certificate in Gender Relations in International Development from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign (USA).