Thoric Cedarstrom, Creative Associates International

Dr. Thoric Cederstrom is the Director of the Livelihoods Practice Area for Creative Associates International.  He is an expert in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, primarily in complex environments that include conflict and post-conflict situations; and has broad experience in participatory food security assessments, program design, and monitoring and evaluation, including anthropometric surveys. As a child, Dr. Cederstrom grew up on a family dairy farm outside Kansas City, Missouri and from this agricultural upbringing has gone on to work extensively in Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, and Central and South Asia and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and conversant in Hebrew and Russian.

Previously, he has occupied senior posts for international NGOs, the Food and Agricultural Organization, and the World Food Programme. Thoric travels the globe conducting needs assessments, meeting with international donors, designing new programs, and providing technical support to numerous food security projects. He has published extensively on an array of food security topics related to strengthening the linkages between agriculture and nutrition in areas of high HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Cederstrom is a 1993 graduate of the anthropology program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His dissertation research was titled “The Potential Impacts of Migrant Remittances on Agriculture Development in the Mixteca Baja Region of Mexico.” Other graduate studies were done in Mexico and Jerusalem.

Specialties: Sustainable livelihoods; Food security; post-conflict economic reconstruction, agriculture development; community nutrition; participatory assessment; monitoring and evaluation.