Alison Rose

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Senior Program Manager, Food for Humanity Initiative , M.A. in Climate and Society, Columbia Climate School

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Alison Rose has over fifteen years of professional experience in the sustainable development field, focusing on climate adaptation, food systems, and agriculture. She is Senior Program Manager at Columbia, where she is helping build the Climate School's inaugural program in food systems. 

Most recently, she was at the Climate School's International Research Institute for Climate and Society, where she developed and coordinated a trans-disciplinary food systems research network, which reached across the university's many schools. She also helped develop and implement the $60 million World Bank-funded Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA), which worked with national and regional partners in six countries in Africa to transform climate services and scale climate-smart agriculture for the benefit of millions of small-scale farmers in Africa.

From 2016-2021, she was with the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS), where she helped design and execute a three-year $3 million workplan for climate services activities in six countries and at thematic level. In both projects, she also contributed to numerous global initiatives, including publications and events at international policy forums such as COP, Climate Week, and the UN Food Systems Summit. She was also co-author of the Global Commissionon Adaptation’s Blueprint for Climate-Informed Digital Agricultural Advisory Services

Prior to joining the IRI, she was the Manager of Research Programs at the Agriculture and Food Security Center at the Earth Institute, where she collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers on a range of projects that aimed to mobilize science and technology to advance sustainable agricultural intensification, particularly among smallholder farmers in Africa.

She has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University. 


Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
Climate risk management and rural poverty reduction 2019