Mariola Acosta is a gender specialist at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. Her research interests include the study of social norms and structural barriers to women's empowerment, with a particular focus on intra-household decision-making power and ownerships of assets in crop-livestock farming systems.
She has ample experience in designing and conducting participatory workshops and capacity building engagements on issues surrounding the nexus between gender, agriculture, food security and climate change. She has worked extensively with national and sub-national policy actors in Central America in examining ways to improve the inclusion of gender issues in agriculture and climate change policies in the region.
Before joining the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, she conducted similar gender research in Uganda and Tanzania, within the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
Ph.D., Social Sciences, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands (Sept 2020)
M.Sc., Agricultural and Rural Development, Montpellier SupAgro, France (2013)
M.Sc., Sustainable Agricultural Development, Copenhagen University, Denmark (2012)
B.Sc., Agricultural Engineer, Polytechnical University of Valencia, Spain (2008)