Welcome!

I am a Postdoc Associate in the Department of Global Development at the Cornell University. Previously, I was a postdoc research fellow at the Institute of Life Sciences at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa (Italy) at the Crops Genetics Lab. Since July 2021, I am also affiliated with the Department of Excellence in Economics and Management in the Era of Data Science (EMbeDS).

My research interests are agricultural, Sub-Saharan and development economics. I work on participatory research approaches and the influence of local ecological knowledge in plant breeding and agronomy.

Methodology: participatory approaches, quantitative and qualitative methods, intra-household surveys, ex-ante and ex-post impact assessment

Field work: Mozambique (2021), Italy (2021), Ethiopia (2019), Tanzania (2018)


At Cornell, I am part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement (ILCI). I closely work with ILCI’s Priority Setting team to develop and implement an impact centered priority setting framework for crop improvement programs. Further, I provide research support to partner programs, and collaboratively develop and adapt priority setting tools and methods tailored for National Agricultural Research Institutions in ILCI target countries.