Chris Yordy is a PhD student in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) at Carleton University. Previous to his studies at Carleton, he worked as an economist and development practitioner in several countries of the Middle East and North Africa. He has been involved in research work in Egypt over the past 5 years including studies of the sugarcane sector in Aswan and fisheries on the North Coast near Alexandria. His recent work has involved food and nutrition policy analysis with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO); value chain for development work in Pakistan with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA); and economic studies funded by Farm Radio International (FRI) on models for the improvement of extension activities in various parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.
His research interests lie in the area of food security, broadly defined, and involve facilitation with community and farm networks both in Canada and overseas. His current engagement as a PhD Researcher with the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement CFICE project is anticipated to bridge across the local and global dimensions of food security and community based research.