Dr. Mariame Maiga is the Regional Gender and Social Development Adviser of
CORAF/WECARD, the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development, based in Dakar, Senegal – since September 2012. Her academic background is in rural development sociology, with a Ph.D. (2010) obtained at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and in development philosophy, with a post-graduate (DEA) obtained at Abidjan-Cocody University (1995).

Her PhD dissertation is entitled, “Gender, AIDS, and Food Security: Culture and Vulnerability in Rural Côte d’Ivoire’’. Her research interests embrace gender analysis and gender assessment of projects and programs on agriculture, livelihood and food security, natural resource management, climate change, land tenure, governance, HIV/AIDS, social safeguards, conflict and disaster management, microfinance, and transport.

She has carried out her professional activities across sub-Saharan Africa and has worked with national and international institutions: She did extensive policy research work during her PhD internship with the United Nations University–World Institute for Development Economic Research, in Helsinki, Finland (2010). She was Expert Group Member for the peer review of
the Sectoral African Gender and Development Index on Agriculture (AGDI), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Centre for Gender and Social Development (2007).

Dr Maiga was the Africa Region HIV and AIDS expert for the evaluation of FAO’s role and work related to Gender and Development, with country visits in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Congo-Brazzaville and Niger (2010-2011). She was the Gender and Livelihoods Expert in the development of a gender manual for West Africa Regional Agricultural Investment Program, for FAO. She was also assigned as gender specialist for FAO Representation in Cote d’Ivoire (2011-2012). Dr Maiga worked for the World Bank in Cote d’Ivoire, as Social Development and social safeguards Specialist in the Agriculture Sector Support Project. She was in the Board Trustees of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) headquartered in Nairobi, from 2010 to 2016.

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