Meet a CARE expert: Pierre Kadet, Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Advisor

Born and raised in Senegal, Dr. Pierre Kadet brings to CARE Canada more than 10 years of experience working overseas in the fields of food security and livelihoods, both in humanitarian and development settings. He holds a PhD in physical geography and rural planning from the University of Montpellier in France. Before joining CARE Canada, Pierre worked for a number of non-governmental organizations, including the Norwegian Refugee Council and Action Against Hunger (USA). He was also the national coordinator of the Food Security Cluster of FAO-WFP in Mali in response to the 2012 political crisis.

Why did you join CARE?

I joined CARE Canada in October 2013. I felt that CARE was one of the NGOs that shared the principles I stand for. Early in my life, I decided I did not want to work for private sector business or for religious organizations. All agencies I worked for in the past have been civil society organizations or UN agencies. CARE was what I was looking for, especially when it comes to CARE’s emphasis on women and gender equity.

Can you describe your role at CARE Canada?

I work at CARE as a technical advisor for food security and livelihoods. My work consists of providing expertise to guide and grow the integration and improvement of CARE’s agriculture, economic development and microfinance activities. I essentially support new food and livelihoods business development activities and strategic planning initiatives, and provide monitoring and evaluation and technical guidance to programs.

This involves identifying or designing innovative implementation and monitoring tools and strategies, maintaining and broadening CARE’s strategic partnerships (e.g. academic, research, UN agencies, donors, etc.), and facilitating learning and knowledge sharing among CARE programs and between CARE and its key partners.

What projects are you currently working on?

Currently, I support two projects: CARE Canada’s LINKAGES project in Ghana, Ethiopia, Mali and Bolivia; and our Food Sufficiency for Farmers (FSF) project being implemented in Ethiopia.

Across four countries, as part of our LINKAGES project, CARE is working to improve women’s livelihoods in both farming and other sectors, strengthen nutrition for families, and provide women with better access to financial resources, as well as increased participation in new jobs and household and community decision-making.

The main purpose of the FSF project is to develop sustainable food solutions for extremely vulnerable communities in rural Ethiopia while improving their resilience to climate change-related risks.

Pierre Kadet (in the white shirt) sits with CARE project participants in Ethiopia.

What do you like about working at CARE?

I like how CARE partners with communities and beneficiaries. It is the first time I have seen an international NGO that has a very flat (horizontal) community partnership approach.

What I mean by that is CARE is very inclusive. All initiatives and steps are designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated in a joint effort with every stakeholder involved in each stage of the process. In CARE’s approach, beneficiaries and implementing partners play an important role as collaborators.

Is there a moment while working for CARE that made you feel extremely proud?

Yes, when I discovered the place of dignity in CARE’s vision. Indeed, CARE is dedicated to defending dignity and fighting poverty worldwide. Thus, CARE doesn’t present vulnerable communities in a miserable perspective, but in a positive approach that highlights opportunities for action and the hope for a better future, rather than simply presenting their vulnerability.

Based on your experience, what would you say is CARE’s greatest strength?

CARE strives to make optimal use of its resources.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a pilot. Once in secondary school, I discovered other interests, including my career path.

Learn more about CARE’s work to improve access to healthy food and nutrition.