International development, nutrition, agricultural development, food security and environmental sustainability
Savanna Henderson joined the School of Integrative Studies as an adjunct professor in the fall of 2017. Savanna is also an associate with Humanitas Global, an international development agency based in Washington, DC. She is an international development professional with background and expertise in nutrition, agricultural development, food security, and environmental sustainability.
Most recently, Savanna traveled to southwestern Uganda where she conducted nutrition trainings with Rural Producer Organizations to improve nutrition and health outcomes among farming families. She has collaborated with the United States Forest Service and United States Department of Agriculture to develop and implement a youth-focused program to engage students and their communities around pollinators and pollinator conservation. She collaborated with CGIAR and HarvestPlus conducting and recording field interviews in Bangladesh and a landscape assessment for future work in Pakistan focused on nutrition, food security and agricultural development. She supported nutrition, health, water and sanitation, and education research efforts on behalf of the World Health Organization and developed a series of training and planning modules for country use, currently under review. Savanna has supported survey design, support and analysis for a qualitative evaluation on feeding, hygiene, nutrition practices, breastfeeding and complementary feeding in families with children under the age of 24 months in El Salvador. She has also supported research, interviews, analysis and writing for a project on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization focused on the identification and analysis of successful Food and Nutrition Education (FNE) initiatives to expand and improve FNE and sustainable school feeding programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. With the Food Tank: The Food Think Tank she co-authored “The Real Cost of Food Examining the Social, Environmental and Health Impacts of Producing Food.”
Savanna also serves as program manager for the Community for Zero Hunger supporting a global consultation surveying for best practices, challenges, priorities and experiences related to maternal and child health and nutrition, agricultural sustainability, improving smallholder farmer’s productivity and income, reducing loss and waste of food and improving accessibility to nutritious food.
NCLC 334: Environmental Justice (4 credits)
M.S. Sustainability Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A. Integrative Studies with a concentration in Conservation Studies, George Mason University