Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Amarachi Utah-Adjibola

Fellow, Global Growth and Global Development
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation



Amarachi currently works within the Global Growth and Global Development teams to invest in strategic research, policies and systems in the areas of agricultural development, nutrition and family planning. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conducting macro policy analysis of agricultural trade strategy, food security, and micro-level household farm behavior linked to agricultural and regional economy-wide models. During this time she also worked as a consultant with the Development Economics Unit of the World Bank’s Agriculture and Rural Development Division where she worked extensively on the implementation of several rounds of the Living Standards Measurement Study – Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) administered by the World Bank in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Malawi. Amarachi’s primary research interests include food security, labor, migration, growth, structural transformation and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to University of Pennsylvania, Amarachi completed her JD in International Law from Villanova University, and her MA in Development Economics from American University.