Gretchen Hanson MPS ’23: At the nexus of agriculture, education and equity

Media: Cornell Cals

Gretchen Hanson, MPS ‘23 came to Cornell hoping to build on her international development implementation experience in agriculture and education. When the opportunity arose to spend a summer in Ghana, she did just that.

With support from the Polson Institute for Global Development, Gretchen was paired into a mentored research experience on a project that aims to improve nutritional and financial security of women and youth.

Led by the International Potato Center (CIP), the project — Generating Revenues & Opportunities for Women to Improve Nutrition in Ghana (GROWING) — is an integrated climate-smart agriculture-nutrition-marketing initiative that focuses on transforming individual agency and creating an enabling environment for women to improve their lives in northern Ghana.