Sara is a researcher from CIRAD seconded to GovInn since 2015. She is a development economist, specialized in agriculture and rural development and holds a PhD in economics from the University Paris XI.
In recent years, her research focused on labor migration and rural households’ livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa looking in particular at the migration development nexus and policy implication in the context of sub-Saharan demo-economic transition. More recently, she has been expanding her research angle towards issues related to employment and structural change in rural areas, with a public policy analysis focus.
Before joining GovInn, she worked in Latin America and Africa as a project manager in fields such as institutional strengthening of the agricultural sector, agricultural extension and integrated rural development.
- Labor migration
- Rural employment
- Structural transformation
- Rural development policy in Southern Africa
You can find a list of her research publications here: https://cirad.academia.edu/SaraMercandalli