Erin Sweeney
Associate, Partnerships
Grow Asia

Erin is an Associate, Partnerships at Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyzes action on inclusive agricultural development in South East Asia. The platform convenes governments, farmers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Grow Asia was established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat.

 

In her capacity, Erin primarily supports the Country Partnerships, which includes engaging stakeholders, brokering partnerships, developing and sharing best practices, and measuring and communicating the Grow Asia network's impact. In addition, Erin will lead the implementation of the action plan for the ASEAN Guidelines on Responsible Agricultural Investments (RAI), which aims to promote global best practices to ensure that large scale agribusiness investments are socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable and inclusive.

 

Erin is trained as an urban planner specializing in food systems policy, and has worked and lived in the United States, South America, South Asia and the Caribbean. Erin has ten years of experience working with farmers, CSOs, sub-national governments, and private companies on topics including food security, urbanization, climate adaptation, and economic impact assessments, among others. She was previously a US Fulbright Scholar in Singapore, and conducted research on consumer demand for Singapore-grown food. Most recently, Erin co-authored a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report that offers guidance to local governments in the Global South on how to develop system-centered, equitable food and agriculture policies.

 

Erin received her graduate degree from the University of Buffalo (UB) State University of New York Master of Urban Planning program, and holds a bachelors degree from Allegheny College (both in the US).  She holds honorary research affiliations with the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at UB (New York), and the Food Futures Institute at Murdoch University (Perth, Australia).

You can reach Erin at erin@growasia.org.

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