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. 

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.

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.

Federica Alfani 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.  

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