Keynote speakers


Dr. Carmen Diana Deere

Dr. Carmen Diana Deere is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Latin American Studies and Food & Resource Economics at the University of Florida, and Honorary Professor Emerita at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Quito, where she teaches periodically. She holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.A. in Development Studies from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Deere was Director of the UF Center for Latin American Studies, and Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was a Professor of Economics.

Author of several books and many articles, Deere is co-author of Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001) and winner of LASA’s Bryce Wood Book Award. Among her co-edited volumes are two special issues of Feminist Economics, on Women and the Distribution of Wealth (2006) and on Gender and International Migration (2012). Her recent research is on how gender inequality in asset ownership affects household outcomes such as decision-making and intimate partner violence, and on the factors that shape women’s ability to accumulate assets, including property regimes and the role of remittances, savings, and access to credit.

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Dr. Agnes Quisumbing

Gender, equity, and empowerment: Harnessing agricultural research for better nutrition outcomes.

Dr. Agnes Quisumbing is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C., and leads the cross-cutting research theme on gender. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of the Philippines, Quezon City, was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Visiting Fellow at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University, and an economist at the World Bank. She has published widely on gender, intrahousehold allocation, property rights, poverty, and economic mobility, and has done field work in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, and the Philippines. She is undertaking impact evaluations of nutrition-sensitive agricultural development programs in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on their impacts on women’s empowerment and gender asset inequality. She is co-developer of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) and is co-editor of Gender in agriculture and food security: Closing the knowledge gap.

Closing address


Dr. Krista Jacobs

Integrating gender into agriculture & food security programming: A donor perspective.

Dr. Krista Jacobs is the Senior Gender Advisor in USAID's Bureau for Food Security, which coordinates the US government's Feed the Future programming. She is a development economist whose work focuses on gender, food security, and assets. Current and recent work includes advising agricultural projects on gender integration, program evaluation, developing methods to measure women’s and men’s land and asset rights, building gender capacity of community-based programs, and building the monitoring and evaluation capacity of local civil-society organizations. Her work has focused in East and West Africa. Dr. Jacobs holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis.