Summary of expertise:
Dr. James DeVries directs Heifer's Programs Division, which includes the areas of Africa, Americas, Asia/South Pacific and Central Eastern Europe. He provides leadership to the headquarters team as well as to Heifer's on-the-ground staff around the world, developing and managing more than 500 programs through 38 country offices. He has been Director of Programs since 1992, being named Senior Vice President of Programs in 2003. He was also the Director of Africa/Near East Programs from 1982 to 1992. Prior to Heifer, Dr. DeVries was a professor and head of the Agricultural Extension and Education Department at Sokoine University in Tanzania. Dr. DeVries was born in The Netherlands and is fluent in English, Dutch and Swahili, as well as reading and understanding German. Jim is frequently invited to present position papers to UN organizations on sustainable development and the use of livestock in small scale farming to alleviate poverty.
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