Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Meet the team

Adriana Ignaciuk is Senior Economist and EPIC Team Leader. She holds a Ph.D in Environmental Economics (2006) from the Wageningen University and Research Center (Wageningen/The Netherlands). Before joining FAO in 2016, Ada has worked as an Economist at Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she was responsible for providing scientific, technical and policy guidance to the governments on the implementation of climate-friendly agricultural policies.

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.

Alessandro Spairani is Programme Officer in charge of coordinating EPIC communications, operations and finance of the EPIC programme. 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. 

Nicholas Sitko is the Programme Coordinator for the EPIC team. He holds a PhD in agri-food system geography from the University of Colorado. His main interest is understanding the relationships between policies, food markets, and farmer behaviors. Prior to joining FAO Nicholas was an Assistant Professor of International Development at Michigan State University.

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.

Cristian MoralesOpazo is an Economist. He joined FAO in 2008 and before joining EPIC he lead the analysis under the Monitoring and Analysis Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) program. Previously, he worked at the European Commission, the London School of Economics, Ministry of Agriculture (Chile), CEIGRAM and United Nation (ECLAC). His main fields of experience are analysis, monitoring and evaluation of food and agricultural policies, policy processes.

Angela Bernard is an Economist specializing in climate change. Prior to joining the EPIC team she spent over 2 years in the FAO Forestry Department focusing on integrated natural resource approaches for climate change adaptation, such as forests and water and forestry for low-carbon economies.

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