Ms. Natasha Hayward

Ms. Natasha Hayward

Senior Rural Development Specialist, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, World Bank

Natasha Hayward is a Senior Rural Development Specialist, who joined the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) as Deputy Program Manager in August last year, after four years overseas in the World Bank’s Indonesia country office. In that assignment, Natasha was co-leading the PNPM Support Facility (PSF) – a multi-donor supported, Government-led facility to support implementation and innovation around Indonesia’s nation-wide rural poverty reduction program, PNPM. In her current position with GAFSP – a global program, which supports investment in agriculture to reduce poverty and improve food and nutrition security – Natasha leads the M&E and Operational/Portfolio clusters to focus on delivery and results measurement.

Natasha joined the World Bank in 2003, and has worked across the rural and local development portfolios in Africa, South and East Asia, with a focus on rural livelihoods, community driven development (CDD) and social inclusion. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and a number of NGOs, including overseas assignments in Vietnam, India and Malawi. She has a degree in social anthropology and a PhD in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Roundtable II: Nutrition Security in Africa

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Rather than focusing on the quantity of foodstuffs that can be produced, attention has shifted to the nutritional value of the available food, specifically how well it fosters healthy human growth during early childhood. Nutrition security has expanded the view of the agricultural system by involving the health system to identify those most at risk, […]