Gender and Value Chain Specialist, Bioversity International

About Nadezda

I have a M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics and a M.A. in Economics granted by Virginia Tech (USA). I obtained most of my experience by working for different CGIAR Centers (CIMMYT, CIP, CIFOR and BIOVERSITY INTERNATIONAL) in the Latin American region, mainly Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and Guatemala. My areas of expertise include agricultural research, analysis of value chains, markets, gender, econometric analysis and agri-business development for different crops (maize, roots and tubers, beans and underutilized and neglected crops)


Value chain analysis and development of chaya or “Mayan spinach”, a strategic underutilized vegetable from Guatemala
Thursday, November 21 Main Ballroom - Crowne Plaza Hotel

This presentation is based on lessons learnt and experiences from an IFAD-supported project on Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) implemented by Bioversity International and its partners in Guatemala. This project deployed Rapid Market Appraisal (RMA) tools to conduct a value chain assessment and marketing consultation of a nutritious indigenous leafy vegetable well adapted to drought-prone areas known as chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius). This study, the first of its kind applied to chaya in Guatemala, also implemented different key interventions to seize the potential of chaya and revitalize its use in the country. These actions sought to connect small-scale producers to different markets to enhance and multiply impacts on environmental and biodiversity conservation, as well as nutrition, women’s empowerment and income generation.


Meet the Speaker
Thursday, November 21 ECHO Global Farm

This session is devoted to questions and answers from Conference delegates for each speaker.