Gender and Land Rights Database

Core Team

Gender and Rural Development Officer

Martha Osorio  leads the FAO programme on gender and land. This includes the management of the Gender and Land Rights Database, a capacity development programme for promoting gender equitable land tenure and policy support in the context of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT). Martha is also responsible for indicator 5.a.2 of the Sustainable Development (women’s equal control/ownership of land). Martha has a background in economics and international relations and has wide-ranging expertise on various areas of gender and rural development. Martha has conducted extensive research and work in the areas on rural employment, land tenure rights, and agriculture investments and supply chains from a gender perspective. Over the last five years, she has been leading the program “Promoting gender inclusive and equitable investments in agriculture in the context of poverty reduction”. The program encompasses research, promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue and technical and policy support to countries. Martha holds a Master in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, Master in International relations from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master in Cooperation and International Development from the European Institute.

Gender and Land Rights Intern

Anastasia Giadrossi is a lawyer specialized in international environmental law. She has been with FAO since  September 2016 when she joined the Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division to support the development of the Gender and Land Rights Database and  indicator 5.a.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (women’s equal control/ownership of land). She contributes to the development of new Country Profiles and updating the Legal Assessment Tool (LAT) for gender-equitable land tenure. Prior to joining FAO, she worked as trainee lawyer in a law firm and as intern in WWF-Gender Mediterranean Programme. Anastasia holds a Masters of Law in Global Environment and Climate Change at the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s Degree in Law from the LUISS Guido Carli University. 

Contributors to the GLRD

Legal Officer

Margret Vidar has been working on legal issues within FAO since 1996 and has supported a number of international processes over the years. She provides technical and quality support to the Gender and Land Rights Database, as well as links with FAOLEX, an online repository of national legislation on issues under the mandate of FAO. Margret is currently working on the legal aspects of land tenure and the implementation of the right to adequate food through national legislation. She also provides support to the team responsible for the indicator 5.a.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Senior Gender Officer

With a Ph.D in Natural Resource Economics and over 15 years of experience conducting action research and developing participatory approaches for catalyzing rural innovation processes and increasing access and benefits from market opportunities by poor rural women and men, Susan currently leads the Gender Policy Analysis work at FAO that focuses on generating knowledge and methodologies for reducing gender inequalities in the agricultural sector and promoting rural women’s social and economic empowerment. Prior to joining the organization, she contributed to the body of knowledge on best practice in improving the impacts of livelihood programs on women and their households with the Ford Foundation Office for Eastern Africa and has also held a position as a Senior Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). She is also co-editor of Innovation Africa: Enriching Farmers’ Livelihoods.

Gender and Capacity Development Officer

Ilaria is a Gender and Development Officer specialized in training and capacity enhancement and an agronomist specialized in environmental issues. For the past 25 years, she has been promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in water resources management, land governance and emergencies worldwide for FAO. She leads and supports international and national projects and organizes capacity development activities, provides policy advice and strengthens national organizations to address the gender gaps in the access to productive resources and services. Recently, she was a co-author of the report “Passport to mainstream gender in water programmes” and the “Guidelines on Improving Gender Equality in Territorial Issues” (IGETI).