Maribel Elias biography

Maribel Elias has been a Research Analyst in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division of IFPRI since 2007. Her current research is focused on how to apply Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems to understand production, marketing, and location decisions among small farmers in developing countries.

Her areas of interest lie mostly in understanding the spatial dynamics of regions and population, improving measures of accessibility to markets, and enhancing spatial targeting of government programs to improve agricultural productivity. Prior to IFPRI, she earned a master’s degree in Geography at San Diego State University, where her thesis analyzed patterns of social indicators—such as education—within regions in Peru throughout time.