Dr Esther Leah Achandi
Esther Achandi holds a PhD in Economics from University of Dar es Salaam and has over nine years of research experience in Eastern Africa covering the countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Burundi with experience in agricultural value chains and technologies, gender and consumer food preferences and more recently Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of vulnerable youths. Currently, Esther is a Postdoctoral Fellow in gender at ILRI serving in the Policies Institutions and Livelihood (PIL) program. Her work at ILRI is to analyze the role of different livestock species in endowing women with some degree of financial autonomy and deliver evidence on how this autonomy contributes to women empowerment. She provides support on gender work to country teams in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam.