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MARTHA OSORIO
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.

RENÉE CHARTRES
Gender and Land Legal Specialist

Renée Chartres is an international human rights lawyer, specialized in gender and land law. She has been with FAO since October 2016, when she joined the Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division to work on the legal and customary issues that surround men and women’s access and ownership to land and to support the development of gender-equitable legal frameworks for land tenure. She is currently part of the team responsible for indicator 5.a.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (women’s equal control/ownership of land) and supports the development of the Gender and Land Rights Database. Prior to joining FAO she worked with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) as the global research expert on customary justice, land and gender and as a consultant for the World Bank She holds a Masters of Law (International Legal Studies) from Georgetown University and a Masters of International Relations from Sciences-Po University.

ANASTASIA GIADROSSI
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. 

GIOVANNA GILLERI
Gender and Land Rights Intern

Giovanna is an international human rights lawyer, who joined FAO in September 2016. 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, Giovanna was research fellow at the University of Trieste (Italy), producing a report on the main initiatives on global indicators on gender rights. She was previously legal intern at the European Court of Human Rights. Giovanna holds a Masters of Law (Human Rights, Conflict and Justice) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Master of Laws from the University of Trieste (Italy).

CHIARA VILLANI
Communication specialist

Chiara Villani is a communication specialist, with experience in content writing, website management and graphic design. She has been with FAO since April 2015, providing communication support to the FAO Strategic Programme to Reduce Rural Poverty. In January 2016, she also joined the FAO Gender team to support the development and management of the Gender and Land Rights Database  website, the production and design of communication materials, and to support the team's overall communication and outreach efforts. Prior to joining FAO, Chiara worked at the Office for Foreign exchange of LUISS Guido Carli as Communication and Liaison officer. Chiara holds a Masters in Geopolitics and International Security from University of Rome La Sapienza and a Masters in International Relations from LUISS Guido Carli.

VANYA SLAVCHEVSKA 
Economist

Vanya Slavchevska is an economist, specializing in issues related to gender, nutrition and agriculture in developing countries. She has been with FAO since 2015, when she joined the Social Policies and Rural Institutions division to work on women’s empowerment in agriculture and to support the collection of sex-disaggregated data and statistics, including for the Gender and Land Rights Database. Prior to joining FAO, Vanya worked for the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab where she supported gender-informed impact evaluations and co-authored a report on “The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda”. She has conducted extensive work around gender issues in agriculture, social protection and nutrition. Her research has been published in high regarded peer-reviewed journals including World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, Agricultural Economics and the Journal of Comparative Economics. Vanya holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the American University in Washington, D.C. 

Contributors to the GLRD

CHIARA BRUNELLI
Food Security and Nutrition Officer

Chiara started her career with the World Food Programme (WFP) in 2004 as a statistician specialized in monitoring & evaluation and food security analysis. She has been with FAO since 2011 and she currently works as Statistician at the Statistics Division, in the areas of food security, agricultural surveys and gender. Her work has contributed to strengthening the availability and use of sex disaggregated data and gender indicators in agricultural statistics, through the set-up of dedicated databases, the development of Guidelines for National Statistical Offices and providing technical assistance to countries. Together with the FAOSTAT team and contributes to expanding the sex-disaggregated statistics on land disseminated on the Gender and Land Rights Database.  She is currently focal point for the SDG indicator 5a1 regarding women and land rights.

MARGRET VIDAR
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.

NAOMI KENNEY
Legal Specialist

Naomi has a background in Human Rights and International Environmental Law. She has worked at FAO since 2012, when she joined the branch of Law and Development of the Legal Office. She supports the development of legal frameworks for gender-equitable land tenure and provides technical support for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT). She was also involved in the conception of the Legal Assessment Tool (LAT) for gender-equitable land tenure. Naomi contributed to the conceptualization of the methodology for the implementation of indicator 5.a.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (women’s equal control/ownership of land) and currently provides support to the team responsible for the above mentioned indicator.

PAOLO GROPPO
Territorial Development Officer

Paolo is an agricultural engineer who joined FAO 27 years ago after completing a Phd on agrarian systems. Over the years, he has worked on agrarian reforms, family farming and local communities’ land rights worldwide and, more recently, land issues in conflict and post-conflict countries. His areas of interest also include territorial development with gender and environmental perspectives. In this context, he is promoting an integrated and people-centred approach involving water and forest dimensions. He is also working on Indigenous People’s land rights and overall land policy and governance. 

 

SUSAN KAARIA
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.

ILARIA SISTO
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).