We have to invest our development dollars to improve economic growth and alleviate poverty through targeting youth. If we don’t, we’re missing a huge swath of the target population.
John Bowman MS’80 came to UW–Madison for a master’s degree in Ibero-American studies. He realized that combining a degree in an agricultural discipline with expertise in Latin America could aid his quest to help people in developing countries. Bowman found support through Luis Sequeira, now an emeritus professor of plant pathology, who gave him the chance to pursue an additional master’s degree. He has worked in more than 40 countries and has lived for extended periods of time in Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Philippines, and China. He brings this experience to his current position as a program area leader for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Agricultural Research and Policy and is a leader on increasing USAID youth engagement in developing countries. Read more: go.wisc.edu/eeu698