Nancy Johnson



Senior Research Fellow

Nancy Johnson is an agricultural economist who studies the economic, poverty and gender impacts of agricultural and natural resource management research and development. Working with partners, she has analyzed the impacts of crop and livestock improvement; land and water management; and institutional innovation in Latin America, Eastern and Southern Africa, and South and SE Asia.


She is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC where she leads evaluation and impact assessment for the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (A4NH). Prior to joining IFPRI she was a senior researcher in the Poverty and Gender program of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya (2008-2012) and the Impact and Policy program at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia (1997-2008).

Nancy received her Ph.D. and MSc. degrees from the University of Minnesota and is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Applied Economics where she teaches undergraduate microeconomics. She has a B.A degree in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Current Research:

  • Design and implementation of the evaluation framework and strategy for the Agricultural for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) CRP. This includes refining the program's impact pathways and theory of change, and building the evidence base to assess A4NH's research and development outcomes and impacts.
  • Evaluating the impacts of agricultural development projects on women's assets.
  • Contribution of CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) research to understanding and strengthening pro-poor institutions for water management

Regions of Expertise:

  • East Africa
  • Latin America

Language Skills:

  • English
  • Spanish

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