Dr. Barry Colley
Founding Board Member

International Agriculture and Business Development Practitioner

Barry Colley has a Ph. D. in Agriculture and Extension Education from Michigan State University.  Dr. Colley has served small farmers around the world in a variety of settings.

During the great famine of Ethiopia in the 1980’s he directed irrigation projects and input supply packages of seeds, oxen and tools to help displaced farmers resettle after abandoning their land. In the early 1990’s he directed a demonstration farm in eastern Arkansas and directed farmer to farmer network training and demonstration. These activities assisted African-American farmers in Arkansas to make the transition from traditional row crops to alternative high value vegetable crops.

As President/CEO, of the Delta Integrated Business Enterprise Services, PLLC, Dr. Colley secured contracts and provided oversight in work with the Economic Research Development Center, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the Southern Food Systems Education Consortium (SOFSEC), Tuskegee University and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).

In the decade of the 1990’s Dr Colley built his medium and small business practitioner management skills through several professional pathways. He and his wife operated a commercial greenhouse enterprise and marketed organic salad mix in Memphis, TN.  He organized cooperatives and small farmers into commercial operations as team leader in the Rural Resources Enterprise Development Project (REAP) in South Africa and then as the Integrated Farming Systems Division Director for the Arkansas Farm Development Corporation.

Dr. Colley began his service with Heifer International in 2001 as the Africa Area Program Director and promoted socially responsible business development in the dairy Industries of Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon and Zambia.  Currently, he directs the small and medium business development activities to supports small livestock farmers, women and youth around the world for Heifer International. He currently serves on the Boards of the College Station Community Credit Union in Little Rock, Arkansas and the Ecumenical Church Loan Fund in Geneva, Switzerland. He also operates Seven Harvest, Inc. a start-up nonprofit business hub center.

 

 


 

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