Ma. Eliza J. Villarino is a research fellow at the Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the engagement lead of the CGIAR Initiative on Low-Emission Food Systems. A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Copenhagen, Eliza focuses her research on the role of institutions in environmental upgrading in agrifood value chains. She explores the relationship between incentives and zero-deforestation commodity production and is developing a framework on how non-market approaches can contribute to the development of low-emission food systems. Eliza comes from a strong policy, journalism and science communication background.
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