Jennifer Twyman is an agricultural economist currently working as a post-doctoral social scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia. Her research focus is on gender within the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS).
Jennifer received her PhD in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida in 2012, with specializations in international development and natural resource economics. She also holds certificates in Latin American Studies and Tropical Conservation and Development. She received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Her dissertation research focused on the intra-household distribution of assets and wealth in Ecuador. During her PhD studies, she spent a year as a visiting scholar at FLACSO-Ecuador conducting fieldwork as a researcher on the project Assets, Poverty and Gender Inequalities, which is part of a larger project called In Her Name: Measuring the Gender Asset Gap in Ecuador, Ghana and India.
She is currently conducting research regarding gender differences in the vulnerabilities to climate change and appropriate adaptation strategies.