Nancy Johnson is an agricultural economist who studies the economic, poverty and gender impacts of agricultural and natural resource management research and development. Working with partners, she has analyzed the impacts of crop and livestock improvement; land and water management; and institutional innovation in Latin America, Eastern and Southern Africa, and South and SE Asia.

Prior to joining the SPIA Secretariat, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC where she led evaluation and impact assessment for the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (A4NH). Before joining IFPRI, she worked at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia.  Nancy holds PhD and MSc degrees in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota and a BA in English from Carleton College.