paul guenette

Paul Guenette

Paul Guenette is currently senior advisor to the president at ACDI/VOCA. He has designed and managed large, integrated, sustainable development programs in a career spanning 40 years and 70 countries. His experience includes long-term assignments in Senegal, Mauritania, Indonesia, Barbados, and Kenya heading agribusiness programs that incorporated activities in policy reform, business group strengthening, commercial marketing, equity financing, and investment promotion. His consulting assignments have included designing and implementing enterprise development programs for USAID, conducting international marketing workshops for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, analyzing agribusiness global trends for the World Bank, and designing a farmer organization program for IFAD. Paul earned his M.B.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his B.A. at Kalamazoo College. He is fluent in French.


Remarkable Progress, But 820 Million Still Hungry 

In the last four decades, the world has gotten incredibly better at addressing food insecurity. Roughly 40 years ago, my …

The Dirty Secret of Volunteering: You Get More than You Give 

Thank you, Peace Corps. In 1975, serendipity led me to you via an anonymous want ad touting “Teaching Positions Overseas.” An application and …

The Solution to Our Migrant Crisis Isn’t at the Border

When a complex, high-profile issue creates bold headlines and causes marching in the streets, I believe the problem cannot be …

Beach near ACDI/VOCA MERL learning event in Tanzania

Put Your Feet (Not Your Head) in the Sand

I sat in a beach chair at dawn, watching the sun rise over the Indian Ocean. Our organization was holding …


Development Works

I recently passed my 40th anniversary of joining the Peace Corps and going off to discover Africa. Ever since, I’ve …