Catherine Ragasa is a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. She is an agricultural economist whose research focuses on mixed quantitative and qualitative analysis of policies, institutions and technologies affecting innovation, productivity growth, and agricultural transformation. She received her PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University in 2008 and holds a Masters in Economics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Prior to IFPRI, she worked for five years (2004-2009) in the Agriculture and Rural Development Department at the World Bank, Washington, DC, working on agricultural innovation systems, value chains, and gender issues in agriculture. She also has led several large-scale household and firm-level surveys in various countries and managed research programs and grants while at the World Bank and IFPRI.