Dr. Jagger Harvey, Director
Jagger Harvey serves as Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, at Kansas State University, since he joined the program in May 2016. 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 work from 2009-2016 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. At the Innovation Lab, he is working with the team to ensure that their work is effectively translated into information, interventions and capacity to address post-harvest loss issues in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nepal and beyond. He also serves as Principal Investigator of the PHLIL Nepal project, a USAID Buy-In. He is passionate about raising the profile of international agricultural research for development, including benefits at home and abroad.
Jessa Barnard, Assistant Director
Jessa Barnard is the Assistant Director for the Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab. She holds an M.S. degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a B.S. in agricultural and consumer economics from University of Illinois. Prior to joining the lab in June of 2020, she worked as the director of ACES Study Abroad in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois where she oversaw partner relations with over 20 institutions around the globe. She directed matters related to inbound and outbound student mobility including marketing, outreach, event planning and agreement management. In that role, she assisted faculty and staff in the college to implement international programs for students related to food and agricultural studies during winter and summer breaks, doubling the number of programs in her three-year tenure. Jessa has an ongoing interest in cross-cultural research and development that improves the livelihoods and purchasing power of those living in extreme poverty around the globe.
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.