Jane Maland Cady is director of the International program for the McKnight Foundation. The Foundation’s International Program focuses grantmaking on sustainable livelihoods in 15 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, particularly on agroecological research for smallholder farmers and natural resource rights for local communities.
Prior to joining McKnight in 2008, Cady spent 15 years managing her own consulting firm, Criando Research and Evaluation Services. She has extensive domestic and international experience working with community development initiatives and sustainable agriculture systems, through her teaching, evaluation practice, and on-the-ground implementation. She has also worked in the private sector across the natural and organic foods value chain, from certification, production, retail, and most recently to expand markets in the USA for fair trade and organic products from South America and the USA.
Maland Cady has a PhD and an MA in agricultural education from the University of Minnesota, has lived and worked extensively in Brazil and parts of Latin America. Having grown up on a southern Minnesota farm, she is committed to promoting sustainability and equity in agriculture and food systems around the globe, involving farmers in the process. She is the mother of four inspiring children.