Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Agricultural economics, rural development, gender, child work, climate change, Latin America.
Since I finished my undergraduate program in Economics at the University of Valle, Colombia, I joined to the Gender and Climate Change Team at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali-Colombia. My main research interest is to explore themes related to evaluation of adoption of agricultural technologies, yield gaps, child work and gender roles in agricultural production. Through my studies and work, I have developed practical and theoretical skills in research techniques and understandings of development. Specifically, I have experience quantitative and qualitative data collection through fieldwork, surveys, and participatory workshops. In 2012, I participated in a study with small-scale rice producers in Northern Peru. The objective of the research was to capture information that allowed researchers to understand how and why better varieties of rice were adopted and to reveal the roles of women in cultivation and household decision-making. That was an amazing experience because I had the chance of conducting participatory workshops with local actors involved in rice production; visiting rice farms and talking with the producers. Then in 2014, I was involved in the Gender Survey in Latin America and East Africa project, funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). That project aims to response two questions: Are women more vulnerable to climate change? Do men and women adapt to climate change differently? I was responsible for designing of the survey and coordinating of the collection of the data in rural areas of Colombia and Nicaragua.