Marcos Vaena

Marcos Vaena is an Operations Officer with IFC's Development Impact Unit, focusing on inclusive business models. Prior to that, Marcos was IFC's Country Coordinator for the Solomon Islands and focal point for IFC's Sustainable Business Advisory work in the Pacific Region. During that time he implemented projects supporting small holder coffee farmers in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, worked on MSME development in partnership with the leading mobile phone company in the Pacific, advised on community investment projects around extractive industries, agribusiness (mining, palm oil) and the fisheries sector. Marcos joined IFC in 2008 as Program Manager for the Mozambique SME Linkages Program (Mozlink), a local supplier development program implemented in partnership with BHP Billiton, Sasol, Coca-Cola and SAB Miller, involving 150 local small and medium enterprises. Marcos holds a Masters in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before joining IFC, Marcos worked in various capacities for General Electric and Maersk Line in Latin America, Europe and the US.

By Marcos Vaena


Learning from Smallholder Supply Chains in Côte d’Ivoire

IFC and Ecom, a global commodity trading company, interviewed more than 2,000 cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire about their income levels, food security, and other qualitative aspects of their farming lives. The results highlight some key challenges facing smallholder farmers.