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  • Global Value Chains

    We map out the global chain of transactions that turn an idea, raw material or resource into a final product that lands in a customer’s hands.

  • Impact Assessment

    For transparency and accountability, decision makers need robust evidence on whether a program achieved its desired outcomes.

  • Case Studies

    We combine quantitative data with interviews, site visits, focus groups, and surveys to create a detailed analysis that speaks to multiple audiences.

  • Strategy Consulting

    Our research-based facilitation helps clients translate their vision into the concrete steps needed for success.

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Food & Agriculture

Protecting the resources needed to feed a hungry world

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Finding where sustainability meets local economic opportunity

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Mitigating and adapting to global warming

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Datu carried out research into the self-replication of savings groups in Uganda, leading to findings that have significantly influenced the microfinance industry’s strategies for expanding this sector at low cost. The research was thorough, insightful and sophisticated and was carried out with enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to engage with an organization that cared about the work it was doing and that produced exceptional results.

Hugh Allen
VSL Associates


Datu’s ability to synthesize complex data on the world’s most pressing challenges and distill the most important lessons is unmatched. Their work has helped us gain a holistic understanding of a very complicated, and often opaque, industry and apply it to our advocacy.

Andrew Hutson
Director, Global Value Chain Initiatives
Environmental Defense Fund


Datu ably and quickly became knowledgeable on farmer adoption of conservation practices and used their deep expertise at gathering and sifting data to deliver insights that will be useful for the entire conservation sector.

Ryan Stockwell
Senior Agriculture Program Manager
National Wildlife Federation


I was impressed by Datu’s ability to quickly become experts on a very niche industry completely unfamiliar to them. Datu’s ability to find the most relevant data, provide insights, and make connections is incredible. The result of Datu’s research is one of the leading proof-points in EDF’s work on oil and gas environmental issues, which is testament to the quality and rigor of their work. I would strongly recommend Datu to anybody looking to better understand the complex nature of supply-chains and the implications for their own work.

Sean Wright
Senior Analyst
Environmental Defense Fund


We’ve worked with Marcy Lowe and Datu across multiple engagements, noting their diligence, insight and objectiveness. Their understanding of supply chains and economic relationships—across multiple sectors—we consider the best in the business. They’re our first call when it comes to consultants who get the details right, and get the big picture.

Rob McCullough
Director of Infrastructure Programs
Blue Green Alliance