Mapping/Data Analytics

Chris Gray

Chris Gray is a senior research assistant in the Environment and Production Technology division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), based in Washington, DC. As a contributor to GCAN’s Mapping/Data Analytics component, Chris has helped curate public access datasets for researchers of Feed the Future target countries. Chris holds a Master in International Development Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining IFPRI, Chris worked as a research assistant for the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui2de) on impact evaluations focusing on government education, cash transfer, and nutrition programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo is a Senior Research Fellow of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He also manages the Spatial Data and Analytics Theme, leading a team of multi-disciplinary researchers working on agro-ecological and socio-economical geospatial datasets and their modeling analyses. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department in University of Florida, specialized in the process-based crop modeling applications in smallholders’ farming systems in Africa South of the Sahara (SSA). He leads the HarvestChoice project, which generates knowledge products for agricultural research and development partners to make informed strategic decisions in SSA. He also serves as the Global Coordinator of the CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information, a Community of Practice of geospatial scientists across CGIAR Centers and Programs.

Carlo Azzarri

Carlo Azzarri is an economist and statistician with more than ten years of experience in the analysis, implementation, supervision, and collection of household survey microdata, having conducted research and fieldwork activities in Africa south of the Sahara, Central America, and Eastern Europe. Before joining IFPRI, Carlo worked at the World Bank, FAO, and UNICEF, where he was involved in agricultural development research, collaborating on several research projects and flagship publications. His interests include the interrelationships between poverty, nutrition, food security, agriculture, and migration, analysed at the micro and macroeconomic level, through quantitative (statistical and econometric) and qualitative methods. Carlo is the leader of the Monitoring and Evaluation team of one of the biggest Sustainable Intensification projects around the world, and co-team leader of HarvestChoice (, a collaboration effort between IFPRI and University of Minnesota.