Dr. Lilian Nkengla is a Senior Advisor for Agriculture and Markets at Oxfam America engaged in strategic planning, research, program design, and partnership management within the Inclusive and Resilient Food Systems Theme. Currently, she is working on agricultural value chains, market-based programming, and climate resilience especially for smallholder farmers in Sub Saharan Africa and Asia. She leads and coordinates agricultural development programs and works with several partners and actors including governments, the private sector, and CSOs to promote a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable rural economy. She is the focal point on gender for the Food and Climate Justice sub-theme of the Food Systems Theme.
Before joining Oxfam Lilian has worked extensively as a Gender Scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Cameroon and International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Bamako, Mali. She led and coordinated several projects on agricultural value chains, gender integration in ICRISAT breeding programs in West Africa, climate resilience, and market systems-related research. As a social scientist and a qualitative researcher, she has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to gender and seed systems, value chains, food security, climate change among others. She has extensive experience supporting and building partnerships, capacity building, and organizing and facilitating workshops and seminars. She has supervised more than 15 MS and Ph.D. students either as principal advisor, committee member, or as an external examiner.
Lilian is a fellow and Sub Saharan Gender Specialist with Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) with Universities of Cornell, USA, and Makerere, Uganda. She was a Visiting Fellow at IFPRI Washington DC in 2017 and also served in the Advisory Board of the SEEP Annual Conference on “Building Resilience through Market Systems” in 2019 at Arlington, Virginia. She is currently a member of the Conference Experience Committee of SEEP supporting the design of this year’s conference on “Disruptive Collaboration: navigating a radically uncertain world”. Lilian holds a Ph.D. in Gender and Natural Resource Management from Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany