Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2011
BETHESDA, MD — John Lamb, a widely recognized authority on global food security and agricultural development, has returned to Abt Associates as principal associate in the International Economic Growth Division. Lamb will provide high-level expertise to Abt Associates’ clients in the international development community and private sector, with a focus on food and agricultural policy, high-value product and market development, the linkages between agriculture and nutrition, and agri-food standards.
"We are expanding our commitment to food security and agricultural development in support of President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative, and John is recognized globally as a thought leader in this area," said Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Associates’ CEO and President.
Abt Associates manages more than $200 million in projects that promote food security in Bolivia, India, Mali, Mozambique, Sudan, and West Africa.
Lamb rejoins the Bethesda firm after three years as Agribusiness Team Leader for the World Bank. There he managed the global Agricultural and Rural Enterprise work program, which included initiatives on Doing Agribusiness, the Rural Investment Climate, Responsible Agro-investment, and dealing with Emerging Agri-food Standards. He also represented the Bank before the WTO on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards. He will continue to work on a consultancy basis with the World Bank, as Agro-investment Strategy Advisor to the Agriculture and Rural Development Department. Meanwhile he remains a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Global Food Safety Initiative.
Lamb began his career in the 1970s as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Over the past 40 years, he has worked in as many countries. His private work in international agriculture included the founding and management of a fresh produce sourcing operation from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as international strategy advice to the Producer Reporter Company. He has served as consultant to trade, industry or exporter associations in the United States, Peru, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti, and Egypt. Lamb holds M.B.A and B.A. degrees from Harvard University.
About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates was ranked as one of the top 25 global research firms in 2010. The employee-owned company has multiple offices in the U. S. and program offices in nearly 40 countries. www.abtassociates.com
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.