Dr. Jagger Harvey, Director
Jagger Harvey recently became Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, at Kansas State University. His work on addressing fungal toxin (mycotoxin) contamination of crops spans more than 15 years, from basic research in graduate school through to developing and leading a flagship international research for development program in East Africa. His recent work as an early member of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, included establishment of a mycotoxin capacity building and research platform which has hosted over one hundred African researchers and their international partners. Now that he has joined the Innovation Lab, he is working with the team to ensure that their work is effectively translated into information, interventions and capacity to address mycotoxin contamination and other post-harvest loss issues in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Afghanistan and beyond.
Dena Bunnel, Program Coordinator
Dena Bunnel serves as the Program Coordinator for the PHL Innovation Lab. She holds M.S. degrees in agricultural and resource economics and international agricultural development from the University of California, Davis. She has a continuing interest in better understanding the market factors that influence agricultural decision making in developing economies, including the role of post-harvest practices throughout the value chain. Prior to attending UC Davis, Dena served as an agricultural advisor for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she helped manage more than $50 million in capacity building programming. She holds a B.S. in agricultural communications and journalism and a B.A. in political science from Kansas State University.
Catherine Hickman, Business Financial Specialist
Catherine Hickman serves as the Business Financial Specialist for the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab. She provides all financial analysis, accounting support, and procurement for the USAID-funded grant. Catherine holds a Masters in Business Administration and a B.S. in Business with a Minor in Agriculture from Fort Hays State University. Catherine has a heart for agriculture and its people. A Kansas native, she has embraced the daily challenges and successes when raising dry land crops, beef cattle from calving to finish and working in the large animal veterinary medicine industry. Additionally, Catherine worked as a banking regulator and bank officer.
Dr. Prasanta Kalita, Co-PI
Dr. Prasanta Kalita serves as Co-PI for the Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss. Dr. Kalita is the Director at the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss and a Professor and Leader of the Soil and Waster Resources Engineering Division in Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Illinois. He has served as co-investigator for innovative projects involving partnerships with institutions such as the Illinois Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the United States Agency for International Development, and universities around the world.