Karen Brooks



Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets

Karen Brooks joined IFPRI in 2012 as Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets. Prior to that she worked for the World Bank for more than 20 years, primarily on agricultural development in Africa, Europe, and Central Asia. For the last 10 years of her tenure at the World Bank, she managed analytical and operational programs in the Africa Region. Brooks has published on issues related to price and land policy in countries transitioning from planned to market economies, and on challenges of youth employment in Africa South of the Sahara. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Brooks received both her PhD and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Chicago, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.

Latest blogs by Karen Brooks

Policies, Institutions, and Markets

In focus: Jobs in agriculture for young people

As we at CGIAR design the second phase of CGIAR Research Programs (2017-2022), we are incorporating issues newly requiring increased attention. Employment—and especially jobs for young people—is one such area. Automation and expansion of information and communication technologies (ICT) bring clear benefits, including to the world’s poor. But they also appear to be reducing the number of jobs requiring modest skill levels and yielding incomes over the poverty line.

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