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Cast net fishing off the coast of a Zanzibar beach.

Priorities, Research Gaps, and Opportunities for Thought Leadership

Presented by Greg CollinsDeputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security

Greg Collins oversees the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. In this capacity, he provides strategic direction and implementation of the initiative’s agriculture, research, and policy efforts. He has played a lead role in developing and operationalizing the strategic vision for resilience at USAID.

A recording and transcribed Q&A from the event can be found on the main event page.

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Midnight to 11:59 p.m. Feb. 17, 2021
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> Share your disaster-related research, projects, and experiences with others.

> Learn from others doing research on disasters and humanitarian assistance.

> Discuss ideas and opportunities for research collaboration.

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When: Thursday, December 9th at 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Where: ENR2, N595 (across from the AIR office)

At 4:30 pm, we will be moving to The Dutch Eatery for a happy hour and to continue the conversation!


This informal in-person gathering follows University of Arizona COVID-19 guidelines.


3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 2021

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AIR International Programs hosted a webinar on the State of the Science of Resilience Measurement in Development on Wednesday, December 1, 9-10:30am (MST, GMT-7). Moderated by Greg Collins, a panel of three international experts in resilience discussed ‘state of the art’ and frontier issues related to resilience measurement in the context of international development. The presentations were followed by a Q&A with the audience. 

Resources from the Food Security & Nutrition Network


  1. The Goal of Harmonized Resilience Measurement: Toward Core Indicators for Resilience Analysis, Mark Constas, Cornell University
  2. Resilience Metrics and Measurement in the Wake of Covid-19, Nancy Mock, Tulane University
  3. TANGO/USAID Approaches for Measuring Resilience, Tim Frankenberger, TANGO International 


Mark A. Constas, Cornell University

Mark A. Constas is an Associate Professor in the International and Development Economics group in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management at Cornell University. He also holds the position of International Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell and is a Fellow of the Atkinson Center for Sustainability. With a specialization in impact evaluation and measurement, his research is focused on the development of assessment tools and evaluation designs to measure the ways in which households and communities situated in stressed and shock-prone contexts can achieve and maintain well-being. Across all of his work, Professor Constas is interested in exploring how to build better connections between evidence and action. He served as chair of the Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group, an effort jointly coordinated by The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization and The World Food Program, with support from the European Union and the United States Agency for International Development. He is currently serving as Director of the Resilience Evidence for Decisions in Development Initiative (REDDI), an initiative that is part of the Global Network Against Food Crises.  His work has appeared in a selection of competitive peer-reviewed journals intended for academic audiences and in other publication outlets intended for policy audiences. Professor Constas regularly participates in expert panels on food security and measurement and has served as an advisor to several organizations within the United Nations system.

Nancy Mock, Tulane University

Nancy Mock, DrPH is an international development professional with nearly 40 years of professional experience in more than 30 countries. She has established a number of programs within and outside Tulane University in the areas of disaster resilience leadership studies, food security/nutrition, international health, and post Katrina recovery. She led the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women from 2007-2010.

Tim Frankenberger, TANGO International

Tim Frankenberger, is the President and co-founder of TANGO and a global expert on food security, livelihood approaches and resilience. Tim has more than forty years of experience in international development, with specialized skills in project design, M&E, and policy analysis. He previously served as Senior Food Security Advisor and Livelihood Security Coordinator at CARE and a farming systems research specialist at the University of Arizona. Tim has published numerous articles on household food security and resilience. Tim’s graduate work includes an MA as well as doctoral studies in Anthropology with a minor in Agricultural Economics. His current research interests include resilience measurement in food insecure contexts.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
9:00 - 10:30am


9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 2021
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Are you a graduate student from or working in Africa or Latin America?

Are you interested in discussing ideas and opportunities for research and project collaboration in Africa, Latin America or both?

Join us for an informal, in-person get together to explore and build a community of Global South Graduate students.

Friday, December 3rd, 2021
3:30 - 4:30PM
ENR2, Room N595

At 4:30PM, we'll go to Gentle Ben's for Happy Hour.
We hope to see you there!

If you are looking to attend, please RSVP.

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3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 2021

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Garden growing in African community

Urban agriculture (UA) can contribute to the food security and income needs of low income urban households. However, much of the existing evidence promoting UA comes from single case studies of large cities and high-income countries. Less is known about the potential for UA in smaller African cities. This talk presents survey results from 2,687 low-income households in 18 small urban areas across Zambia and Kenya. Many of these households face barriers that prevent them from engaging in UA at the scale that would be required to alleviate food insecurity. The implications for urban policy and planning are discussed.


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Julia Davies

Ph.D. Candidate, School of Geography, Development & Environment

Julia holds a BSc in Environmental and Geographical Science and MSc in Climate Change and Development from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Julia worked as a senior research assistant at the African Climate and Development Initiative before moving to the U.S. in 2019 to pursue her PhD in Geography.


2 p.m. Nov. 19, 2021

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Dr. Bayo Ijagbemi
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