Monica holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics with more than 20 years’ work experience. In her current position as the Research Fellow at the Bureau of Integrated Rural Development (BIRD), she is involved in conducting research as well as mentoring, teaching and supervising student thesis. As a gender expert with strong expertise in organizational development and results-based management, Monica provides technical support to NGOs, CBOs and government organizations to build capacity in gender equality and women's rights. Her approach to gender equality is informed by the understanding that gender inequality is a driver and outcome of persistent poverty in Africa. Monica seeks to ensure that development efforts promote equal access to and control over resources and benefits for all – males, females, youth, aged and physically challenged. She has the capacity to assist partners to undertake gender analysis to inform planning and adjust strategies to ensure that women, youth and physically challenged have an opportunity to achieve their potential.
Monica’s current research area is gender and technological innovations in rice sector of Ghana. Funding for her research was mainly through the three-year AfricaRice SARD-SC project-AfDB competitive grant from 2014-2017. The goal of the research is to identify gender-related issues affecting development efforts in Ghana’s rice sector. It is expected that, at the end of the research, factors creating a gender gap in improved rice technology adoption could be identified, the impact of adoption of the improved rice technologies on intra-household time allocation and income distribution could be evaluated and appropriate policy recommendations would be made. Some aspects of the current research findings have been presented at local and international conferences and there is an on-going process to publish them in reputable high impact refereed journals. She has just completed her doctoral studies at the KNUST and awaiting graduation.