Diksha is a Gender Economist and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Economics of Colorado State University. Previously she held a research fellowship position at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) working within the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) research area at CIAT. Her research interests gravitate around the issues related to intra-household dynamics, climate change and food security in the smallholder agricultural system with a regional focus on Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.
As a Gender Postdoc Fellow, her work focuses on examining the impact of climatic shocks on gender roles in livestock production and unpaid care work among small-scale livestock producers in Colombia and Costa Rica; and assessing the women’s empowerment in livestock index (WELI) in Nicaragua. She is also working with the CCAFS gender surveys conducted within the Climate-Smart Villages in Colombia and Nicaragua to determine – the gender-based constraints to adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices; and the gender gap in agricultural productivity in joint-production systems.
In her doctoral thesis, she conducted one of the first time-use studies in rural Mozambique. The study contributes both new evidence on gendered time poverty and its adverse consequences on household food security by employing a gendered model of the agricultural household that integrates the role of social norms. She has a PhD in Economics from University of Utah and an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Nottingham.