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Managing Director, Project Management Team Patrick Rader

Patrick Rader is the managing director the Project Management Team of the Project Development and Support Division at Chemonics. Previously, he led the USAID Agriculture and Rural Development Program for Ukraine, the Feed the Future Commodity Production and Marketing Activity in Uganda, and served as the director of Chemonics’ Agriculture and Food Security Practice. He is a senior technical manager with more than 20 years of experience leading successful economic development projects in Africa, the Middle East, Southeastern and Central Europe, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. He has managed projects across a broad spectrum of value chains and commodities, from staple foods in East Africa to non-timber forest products in Southern Serbia. Mr. Rader holds an M.A. in applied economics from American University in Washington, D.C.

by Patrick Rader

Ukraine’s Most Celebrated Watermelons Spark Unexpected Reform

This activity was one of the four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the market systems track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. It is not often that a pilot activity to improve a market system ends up capturing the imagination of a nation. Yet, when a barge loaded…

The Market System Behind the Watermelons that Launched 1,000 Memes

Rarely does international development inspire memes but in Ukraine in July, a barge full of watermelons did just that. After the Ukrainian prime minister excitedly announced on Facebook that a shipment of watermelons (kavun in Ukrainian) was traveling from the Kherson region to Kyiv for the first time in 14 years, funny versions of the enthusiastic…

3 Questions with Patrick Rader on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Patrick Rader served as chief of party of the Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity (CPM), which harnesses market forces and uses innovative methods to increase the productivity of Ugandan families. CPM reduces poverty and under-nutrition by increasing the quantity and quality of coffee, maize, and beans that rural families are able…