Stacie Irwin

Stacie Irwin is a Canadian agricultural development practitioner presently based in Ghana. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Southwestern Ontario, Stacie developed a strong sense early on in life that eating is an agricultural act. She is currently employed by Engineers Without Borders Canada and manages the field implementation of MEAS' Savelugu Nanton Extension Delivery Improvement Project (SNEDIP) in Northern Ghana. Stacie has been working closely with Ghana's Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) for the last two years; first as a Program Support Coordinator focused on improving experiential learning opportunities in agribusiness and extension provision at MoFA's five training colleges, and now with Savelugu Nanton's Municipal Department of Agriculture working to deepen the impact of public extension services at the farmer level. Previous to her work in Ghana, Stacie received an Honors BA in International Rural and Agricultural Development from the University of Guelph. She has worked with the University of Guelph's School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Peel Region United Way and Everdale Organic Farm and Learning Centre in various capacities on a range of agriculture and community development initiatives. Stacie is particularly interested in the evolving role youth play in agricultural development and ways in which agricultural education and extension activities can encourage the engagement of youth in agriculture as a business and vocation.