James Butcher is the executive vice president of Chemonics International's global health and supply-chain office and currently oversees the USAID global health and supply chain program — procurement and supply management project. A private sector development and supply-chain specialist, Butcher has spent more than 20 years at Chemonics where he launched Chemonics' first knowledge and innovation department, and served as senior vice president for the global health division, strategic solutions and communications division, and Africa and Haiti, East Africa, and Europe and Eurasia regional business units. He has also conducted technical assignments worldwide and served as a regional representative in Southeast Europe, and as chief of party of the Armenia Micro Enterprise Development Initiative.
Chemonics and its partners began implementing the United States Agency for International Development’s Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project in January 2016. While recent attention has been on the project’s challenges in getting health commodities to developing countries on time, Executive Vice President James Butcher explains how they plan to create an efficient and cost-effective 21st century supply chain that provides life-saving medicines to millions of people around the globe.
Game-changing innovations are needed to meet the world’s growing food needs. But we can start by following a simple four-step approach, James Butcher of Chemonics writes in this guest commentary for Feeding Development.