Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Meet the team

Aslihan Arslan has been a natural resource Economist at FAO since August 2011. She specializes in micro-econometric analyses of farmer adoption of new technologies  (including CSA) and their implications for food security, resilience and adaptation to climate change. She also has expertise in analyzing the implications of migration and remittances on income inequality and poverty in migrant-sending communities and farmer incentives for on-farm conservation of traditional crop varieties.

Solomon Asfaw has been an Economist at FAO since 2010, specializing in impact evaluation, social protection and economic analysis of climate-smart agriculture. He also has expertise in analyzing poverty and food security implications of improved agricultural technologies, input and output market analysis for strengthening market linkages, and designing effective seed delivery systems.

Giacomo Branca is an Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist working on economic incentives for the adoption of improved land management, with a focus on benefit-cost analysis of climate-smart agriculture.

Andrea Cattaneo is a Senior Economist working on food security and climate change. He has experience in analyzing the welfare impacts of free trade agreements on the equity implications of international agreements, and has worked on issues of food security. In the area of environment, he designed payment programs for ecosystem services, and analyzed drivers of tropical deforestation, the performance of auctions, and the role of monitoring on program performance. Andrea joined FAO in February 2012.

Romina Cavatassi is a Natural Resource Economist with the agricultural sector in economic development service of FAO since 2001. Over the past several years she has worked on several aspects of natural resources, economic development and poverty reduction with a focus on agro-biodiversity and climate change. Her areas of expertise are impact evaluation of projects and programmes, survey design and data collection.

Lesley Lipper

Leslie Lipper is a Senior Environmental Economist in the Agriculture and Development Economics Division at FAO, where she also leads the Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate smart agriculture (EPIC) programme. Leslie has been at FAO for 15 years, leading applied research and policy analysis programs related to natural resource management and poverty reduction.

Wendy Mann EPIC

Wendy Mann is a Senior Policy Advisor on climate change and agriculture. Wendy joined EPIC in 2011 and works on agricultural and climate change policies, as well as the UNFCCC negotiations on climate change, particularly agriculture.

Alessandro Spairani is Project Officer in charge of coordinating EPIC communications, operations and finance. Before joining FAO, he worked as consultant for international and local organizations on issues related to food security, social development and rural institutions in Kenya and Cambodia. 

Adriana Paolantonio is an Economist with a PhD in Economic Theory and Institutions from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She is responsible for analyzing datasets from Malawi and Zambia.  

George Phiri is Technical Coordinator of the Climate-Smart Agriculture project in Malawi. His specialization is inter-disciplinary ecology, biodiversity and livelihoods. He progressively worked for over 20 years in on-station and on-farm research and in policy advocacy to enhance resilience of agro-ecosystems to climate change.

Misael Kokwe is Technical Coordinator of the Climate-Smart Agriculture project in Zambia. An Agronomist by profession, Misael has over twenty years of experience from conservation and sustainable development initiatives in Zambia and Southern Africa. His experience combines agricultural action oriented research with solid project management and innovative institutional and policy development experience.

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