RESEARCH INTERESTS

My main research interests are within the fields of agrobiodiversity, conservation and use of genetic resources for food and agriculture, indigenous and farmers’ rights, and seed supply systems. Ongoing research studies seed security responses in humanitarian action and community-based initiatives in long-term development interventions, and how these responses are successful as platforms for seed and food security, livelihoods, development, and women’s empowerment. Other fields of interest are food security, agriculture, and adaptation to climate change. I have conducted evaluations of agricultural programmes and their effects on food security and long-term sustainable development in Colombia. Furthermore, I have evaluated seed security responses in Uganda and Somalia. Geographically, I am interested in expanding my research with more developing and developed countries.
 

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE

Academic background

  • Master of Science in International Development Studies. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) 2021.
  • Master’s in project management. Military University Nueva Granada. Colombia 2013.
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Economics. Industrial University of Santander. Colombia 2008.

 

Professional experience

  • Norwegian Refugee Council. Aug 2020 – Nov 2021. Assessment of the development and impacts of seed security responses developed in Uganda and Somalia.
  • Project Director. C.I Banasan S.A. Banana farmers in Santa Marta, Colombia. Mar 2016 – Aug 2016. Establishment of commercial plantations in cooperation with local cluster farmers. Assurance of certification requirements for Fair Trade and Rainforest.
  • Business Analyst. Belcorp Colombia. Dec 2010 – Mar 2014. Conducting statistical analysis research and analysis of market opportunities. Management and development of innovation projects.
  • Project Coordinator. Pan American Development Foundation. (USAID – funded projects). May 2006 – Nov 2010. Implementation of food and livelihoods programmes. Establishment of plantations (coffee, cocoa, fruit crops) and small business creation in areas previously affected by internal armed conflict in Colombia.

 

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