Renee Vuillaume

Program Officer, Global Knowledge Initiative

Renee supports the agriculture innovation portfolio at The Global Knowlege Initiative.  In this role, Renee wears a bunch of really cool hats, from helping universities develop a collective strategy to tackle global food insecurity to managing a network of cross-sectoral actors dedicated to reducing post-harvest food loss in low-income countries. Renee has been on a quest for 8 years to understand the interdependency of agricultural, economic, social, and environmental systems.  Her quest has taken her to Uganda as a Peace Corps Volunteer; on the ground (or in a boat) with farmers and fishermen in Chile, Mexico, and Montana; and onto the interwebs as a writer and quantitative researcher. She holds B.S. degrees in Business and Psychology, and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Authored Content

  • Aug 15 2017
    Blog Post Which Transformational Innovations Will Reduce Post-Harvest Loss and Transform Agricultural Systems by 2035? In early 2017, The Rockefeller Foundation posed a challenge to the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI), its Innovation Partner for YieldWise: How might we dramatically extend the shelf life of perishable crops and reduce post-harvest loss? GKI launched a global scan for transformational innovation solutions to this challenge. As a first step, GKI convened twenty-one thought […] Renee Vuillaume
  • Aug 10 2017
    Blog Post Reducing Food Loss in Nigeria Through Solar-Dried Tomatoes Nigeria is Africa’s second largest tomato producer. Approximately 200,000 farmers, mostly located in 12 states, grow more than 1.8 million metric tons of tomatoes every year. This isn’t enough to meet the annual in-country demand of approximately 2.3 million tons, and the supply is further affected by 40-50% of the harvest that never reaches a […] Lekan Tobe, Renee Vuillaume