Jamie Anderson

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

Jamie Anderson leads CGAP’s work on rural and agricultural livelihoods, which focuses on women’s critical roles in food and financial systems and how they can adapt and build resilience to climate change. Previously she managed CGAP’s work across key client groups, including women, youth, and forcibly displaced persons, and demand-side research with smallholder households, which included national surveys in Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Bangladesh and financial diaries in three markets in Mozambique, Tanzania, and Pakistan.

Before joining CGAP, Jamie worked as a technical adviser in Rural Finance at the International Fund for Agricultural Development and as an independent consultant in rural and agricultural finance for the Boulder Institute of Microfinance and GIZ. Her experience in agriculture is both in research with the University of California Small Farm Center and on-farm in fresh-market organic vegetable production.

She has an MBA, MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics, and MS in International Agricultural Development from the University of California at Davis and an undergraduate degree in French from the University of Virginia.

By Jamie Anderson

Research

Strengthening Rural Women’s Climate Resilience: Opportunities for Financial and Agricultural Service Providers

Rural women are critical to ensuring global food security but disproportionately vulnerable to climate change. In this working paper, CGAP and Mercy Corps AgriFin provide an overview of 10 opportunities for service providers, investors, and donors to improve rural women’s climate resilience and share examples of innovative business solutions.
Research

Resilient Rural Women: Applying Personas and Insights for Climate-Smart Innovation

This deck explores three personas of rural women and their distinct customer journeys through product and service engagement. It aims to provide a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities rural women face—including in the context of climate change. 
Blog

Better Business Through Gender Transformative Approaches

Gender transformative approaches are good for business. How can companies accelerate their adoption? Insights from recent CGAP and IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative events point to a number of answers.
Blog

Limited by Labor: Rural Women, Hired Labor and Financial Services

Rural women have less access than men to the labor they need to power their farms. This drives a gender gap in agricultural output and constrains women's incomes. Financial services could be part of the solution.
Research

Financial Solutions for Women in Rural and Agricultural Livelihoods

This deck synthesizes CGAP research and insights on the constraints faced by women in rural and agricultural livelihoods (WIRAL) and the opportunities for service providers and funders to add value to their lives and livelihoods.