Barbara is a highly motivated and experienced agricultural research, innovation and development specialist. Her main areas of expertise are the design, improvement and evaluation of research and development initiatives for sustainable smallholder farming systems. She has worked with and advised government agencies, research organisations, civil society organisations and donors working in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, including the WFP, FAO, CGIAR, FARA, ASARECA and EIARD. Recent work includes a lesson learning study on the “Hill Approach” of Mercy Corps in Eastern DRC and leading a major UKRI funded research project on land use trade-offs in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the drivers and impacts of agricultural expansion, including impacts on biodiversity and rural livelihoods. She also worked with African and European partners to assess the role of small farms and small food businesses for food and nutrition security.
She is particularly interested in working on and supporting initiatives that focus on capacity development in the global South and that take a longer-term perspective of development, with an emphasis on environmental and social sustainability.
Barbara is a Senior Associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), after 10 years as a Principal Researcher in IIED. Before that, she worked as a senior consultant for Triple Line Consulting in London, and as a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Institute in Chatham (UK), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad (India), and the University of Hohenheim (Germany).