Hugh is president and co-founder of the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), a non-profit social business working to feed and reforest Haiti using a new agroforestry model in which smallholders plant trees to earn credits that they exchange for seed, tools, training and other agricultural services. Hugh has led the SFA’s transition to growing regenerative cotton, which has resulted in one of the world’s first verified regenerative cotton harvests in 2023.
In his role as Co-Founder and Partner with Smallholder Data Services he is engaged in research and consulting efforts focused on how big data and technology innovations are enabling a revolution in both sustainable supply chains and regenerative agriculture.
Hugh is also founder and president of the Impact Farming Foundation, which is using a social business approach to transform smallholder farmers into a global force to combat climate change, improve food security and empower women.
Hugh’s early career in environmental protection, humanitarian service and international development involved serving as senior consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and other United Nations agencies and various international NGOs. He also worked closely with a number of public figures including Mikhail Gorbachev, HRH Prince Philip and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Hugh is the author of The Haiti Experiment, and writes and lectures extensively on regenerative agriculture and smallholder farming.