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Hilary Dragicevic is currently the Social Development Project Assistant at the International Potato Centre in Lima, Peru. She is part of the Initiativa Papa Andina programme and the new ISSAndes regional project, exploring market-based livelihood opportunities for small-scale farmers as well as helping to assess the potential financial and health impacts of integrating bio-fortified potato varieties into production/consumption patterns.



Food security, nutrition, agriculture, agri-business, adaptive livelihood strategies, small-scale farming, climate compatible development, ICTs for agriculture and micro-finance.

Educational Background

  • MA, Poverty & Development - Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK.
  • BA, Political Science - McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
  • Additional coursework in Development Economics from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Professional Experience

Hilary completed her MA at IDS in the UK, tailoring her programme to match her interests in food security and agriculture. While there, she contributed to a variety of research projects assessing child protection programmes in Southern and Eastern Africa and climate change impacts on vulnerable households and children. Her dissertation examined the effects of agricultural input subsidy programmes on agrarian households.

Prior to that, Hilary worked in Rajasthan, India on village-level governance projects with a local NGO. Her responsibilities included performing needs assessments and impact surveys and monitoring community participation and engagement. Based on findings, she developed training programmes for village committees in relation to gender-sensitivity, investment opportunities for local cooperatives and self-help groups and governance strengthening. Additional work included assisting to develop advocacy and awareness campaigns for a children’s nutrition programme based in urban slums.

Hilary also has experience in the non-profit government sector and with volunteer organisations focused on HIV/AIDS projects in Eastern Africa.

Specific Skills

Sustainability and needs assessments; participatory rural appraisal/learning and action; building and measuring indicators; community organisation; monitoring and evaluation; participatory market-chain approach; value-chain analysis; farmer cooperatives; project planning; proposal writing; quantitative analysis

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