Dr. Jim Yazman joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2004 after 25 years with Winrock International, an Arkansas-based private voluntary organization. While at Winrock, Dr. Yazman served as a Livestock Specialist, providing support to livestock and dairy research and development projects in 45 countries.
From 1985 through 1989, as a member of the team implementing the USAID-funded Nepal Agricultural Research and Production Project, he assisted in the development of the Dairy and Livestock Research Center at the Nepal Agricultural Research Center. In this capacity, Dr. Yazman trained staff and assisted the Center’s scientists and counterparts from the Ministry of Livestock Services with on-farm research and extension demonstration program design, in Nepal’s Midhill and Terai regions. From 1992 through 1995, Dr. Yazman led the Bolivia Highlands Research Program, a component of the USAID Small Ruminant Collaborative Research Support Program (SR-CRSP), heading a team of American and Bolivian researchers working at two Altiplano research sites.
In his current role at USAID, Dr. Yazman holds the position of Livestock Sciences Specialist within the Bureau for Food Security’s Office of Country Support and Implementation (USAID/BFS/CSI). His duties include designing new livestock and dairy development investments in Feed the Future countries and technical backstopping on USAID Bureau- and Mission-level implementation teams.