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K-State Today Student Edition

April 10, 2018

Heifer International's Hilary Haddigan to speak April 23 at McCain Auditorium

Submitted by Kyler Langvardt

Hilary Haddigan, chief of mission effectiveness for Heifer International, will address livestock issues for the 16th installment of the Upson Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23, at McCain Auditorium. 

Haddigan will discuss how livestock is a solution to not only addressing the living income challenges faced by small-holder farmers in the developing world, but also how supporting farmers in this effort is required to feed the growing population.

Through her position, Haddigan leads Heifer's development toward a results-based and data driven organization. Her work includes putting data central in Heifer's strategy and performance framework that establishes a rigorous evidence based to bring public visibility to Heifer's accomplishments.

Haddigan has been with Heifer International for 17 years, working in a number of different positions to bring a wealth of experience to her current role. Previously, Haddigan worked with Christian Aid in the U.K., as a college chaplain in inner-city London, with the Volunteer Missionary Movement in Zimbabwe, and as a teacher in the Northwest of England — her homeland. Haddigan has a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Liverpool and a master's degree in development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Heifer International's mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in nearly 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. Heifer's goal is to help 4 million families achieve living incomes by 2020, which will allow them to feed their families daily; educate all their children; and have proper housing, water, hygiene and other essential resources.

The Upson Lecture Series is endowed by the College of Veterinary Medicine classes of 1962 and 1966. The lecture-planning-and-organizing committee is a student organization at Kansas State University. The event is free and open to the public. It will be live-tweeted using the hashtag #ULSHeiferInt. Additionally, we will be offering a live stream of the event that can be accessed from the Food For Thought Facebook page. A video recording of the lecture will be available following the event. For more information, contact Milea Anderson, Upson Lecture Series chair, at milea1@k-state.edu