Jo Anne Yeager Sallah

Research food and agriculture specialist

Jo Anne Yeager Sallah


  • MS, International Development Management, The American University
  • BA, Government, The College of William and Mary

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Jo Anne Yeager Sallah is an expert in food security and agricultural value chain development, specializing in project implementation, strategy and business development for agricultural enterprises.

Ms. Yeager Sallah has spent more than 20 years in Africa, working on projects in Senegal, The Gambia, Liberia, Rwanda, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. With experience in monitoring and evaluation, local capacity development, team management, and technical program design, she plays a key role in a variety of projects aimed at providing opportunities for smallholder farmers and strengthening the economies of the countries where she works. Currently, she is managing Naatal Mbay, a USAID Feed the Future effort to expand production of cereal crops and reduce reliance on imported rice in Senegal.

Ms. Yeager Sallah joined RTI in 2016. She began her career in international development by serving with the Peace Corps in Senegal. She then went on to work at Abt Associates on agricultural policy and later joined International Relief & Development as their Regional Director covering Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea Bissau and leading a cashew value chain project for seven years. She joined IRG in 2015 as the home office Project Manager for Naatal Mbay, and then joined RTI in November 2016. With the acquisition of IRG in January 2017, she was happily reunited with the Senegal Naatal Mbay project team, allowing her to continue her long-standing engagement with agricultural work in Senegal.