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Gotor, Elisabetta

Elisabetta Gotor, Head a.i., Impact Assessment, Bioversity International

Leader, Performance, Innovation and Strategic Analysis for Impact

Elisabetta is  an agricultural economist leader and a senior manager with 20 years of experience in economic analyses and evaluation of food system solutions that are at the nexus of agriculture, environment and nutrition.

She is  currently leading the Program on Performance, Innovation and Strategic Analysis for Impact, consisting of a multidisciplinary team of 35 staff members, at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. In this role, she is responsible for managing highly integrated work on foresight analysis, strategic performance evaluation, assessments of outcomes and impact, data management and open science to ensure that the Alliance research outputs generate development outcomes and impact. Since 2016, and while leading the Development Impact Unit at Bioversity, she has  been serving as the RTB Cluster Leader on Foresight and Impact Assessment and, since 2019, she is  also serving as the CGIAR Centers’ representative in the PIM Management Committee.

Her research has focused on linking biodiversity-based interventions with poverty reduction, food security and nutrition, sustainable rural livelihoods and resilience outcomes so that the results can inform the CGIAR and SDGs indicators and targets. During the past five years, she has  been developing and leading a research area aiming at linking farm and landscape-level models with partial equilibrium models to understand if and how agrobiodiversity is strengthening the resilience of small-scale farmers.

She has been conducting and leading field work in Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Kenya, India, Peru, The Philippines, Uzbekistan and Yemen.



PhD, Agricultural and Food Economics, Reading, UK, 2008

MSc, International Trade, Rome, Italy, 2004 MSc, International Economics, Rome, Italy, 2002

BSc, Political Science, Rome, Italy, 2000

Publication highlights:

Bellon M. R., Gotor E., Caracciolo F. 2015. Assessing the effectiveness of projects supporting on-farm conservation of native crops: evidence from the High Andes of South America. World Development.

Bellon M.R., Gotor E., Caracciolo F. 2015. Conserving landraces and improving livelihoods: how to assess the success of on-farm conservation projects?International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 13:2 (167-182). doi: 10.1080/14735903.2014.986363

Gotor E., Caracciolo, F., Blundo Canto, G.M., and Al Nusairi, M., 2013. Improving rural livelihoods through the conservation and use of underutilized species: evidence from a community research project in Yemen. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, DOI:10.1080/14735903.2013.796173