Elisabeth Garner has expertise in gender and rural development with a focus on the differentiated needs, roles, and responsibilities in food and agriculture systems. As the co-lead for cross-cutting themes in the Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement, Elisabeth coordinates activities focused on gender, youth, resilience, diversity and nutrition.
Before joining Cornell’s Department of Global Development as a Gender and Agriculture Postdoctoral Associate, she worked with organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme, and the World Bank. She also worked as a planner in the Houston region and with Habitat for Humanity in the Boston area.
Her dual-title PhD studies were in Rural Sociology and Women’s Studies at Penn State University. As a Borlaug Food Security Fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), her research focused on the gender and social dynamics of regional food systems in Northern Ghana. She also has a Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. in International Relations from SUNY Geneseo.
Elisabeth works on these efforts in Cornell’s Department of Global Development with NextGen Cassava 2020, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement, and Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT).