For more than twenty years, I have coordinated multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional teams responsible for designing and implementing participatory research on the inter/intra-household dynamics of farming communities, aimed at improving institutional support to small-scale producers. I have worked for a number of bi and multilateral, as well as international research and development agencies to design, provide technical support to and evaluate policies and projects aimed at enhancing the active participation of rural women and men. I have contributed to the reorientation of agricultural extension curriculum and have developed as well as delivered courses on stakeholder analysis and gender sensitivity. I participated in the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) and consulted on research and development projects in many countries including Bolivia, Brazil, Morocco, Mozambique and Uganda. Currently i am an Honorary Research Fellow at Bioversity International in Rome.