Dr. Ana Maria Loboguerrero is a Colombian scientist that holds a Master and a PhD on Economics from University of California, Los Angeles, USA (UCLA). She has more than 14 years’ experience of working on climate change challenges. Ana Maria is Research Director of Climate Action for the Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) - CGIAR.
In this position, Ana Maria provides strategic leadership of the Alliance’s Climate Action Research Program to mainstream climate action in food systems for adaptation and mitigation. Dr. Loboguerrero was also Head of Global Policy Research for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). In the latter position, she played a major role in leadership on partnerships and capacity for Scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture. Ana Maria also led the Latin American Regional Program of CCAFS focusing on partnership development aimed to build impact pathways so that knowledge in climate change leads to implementation.
Before joining CGIAR, Dr. Loboguerrero worked at the Sustainable Environmental Development Deputy Directorate of the National Planning Department of Colombia as coordinator of climate change. While at the deputy directorate, Ana Maria led the formulation of the Colombian Climate Change Policy, the National Adaptation Plan, the National Development Plan and the research agenda on climate change as well as coordinated technical support for the Colombian Low Carbon Growth Strategy.
Dr. Loboguerrero research agenda takes an interdisciplinary approach using both quantitative and qualitative methods and theories from social and natural sciences to address some of the fundamental challenges imposed by climate change in the Global South. The main focus is on understanding how science can influence policy making processes either by policy stakeholders or by farmers’ themselves including the appropriation of climate information by farmers. Dr. Loboguerrero has also worked on the construction and comparison between various types of economic models to assess the consequences of adaptation and mitigation for the economic development of the countries. This research agenda has helped deeply to inform policies such as National Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans, Long Term Strategies and interventions that combine and consider trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation towards low emissions agricultural development.
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