About the Author

Siera Vercillo is a critical international development scholar, instructor, and practitioner with experience in research, policy analysis and project support in Africa, Europe and North America. My research is on the right to food, gender justice, agriculture systems development, human-environment interactions, political ecology and responsible investment. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. I am now a Doctoral candidate working in the Environment Health and Hazards lab, Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Dr. Isaac Luginaah and Dr. Tony Weis. I am also a Queen Elizabeth Scholar at the Africa Institute at UWO and am supported by SSHRC, IDRC and more. My current research explains how agri-food policy and planning in sub-Saharan Africa, as in many other parts of the global south, has largely failed to address gendered dynamics of household food insecurity.


I also consult on a Government of Canada funded food security project, where I am piloting, redesigning and scaling a capacity building program for agriculture extension staff and farming organizations in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Mali. Here, I am collaborating with Ministries and non-governmental organizations, including agribusinesses and community members to impact farming livelihoods across West Africa. I have worked in Ghana with Engineers Without Borders Canada on agriculture systems development, focused on public extension services for smallholder farming development. I have also conducted research for policy analysis with the Future Agricultures Consortium, the Responsible Investing Committee at the University of Toronto and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana.


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8 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Greetings from Ethiopia where I am a development worker in agriculture, education and health. My name is Dr. Sandra L. Ross. I will return to Ghana in March 2013 where I am managing an integrated farm systems project for President Mahama via Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) through my NGOs, Education and Health Development Trust and its sister, Girl-Child International. My contact is sandralross@netzero.net or Skype ID, Africanqueenz or google voice # 816-787-1686. Are you still in Ghana or back home completing your master’s program or finished and working? Do give me your update. If you’re in Ghana maybe you would be interested in working with my project. If so email me your CV. Best regards and Happy 2013, Dr. Sandra.

    • Hi Latif,

      Good to hear from you and that you enjoyed my blog. I am always curious to hear what a Northern Ghanian thinks about my blog both critically and in writing. I hope Tamale is treating you well.

      Please, the link you sent is not working. Do you have another?


      Best, Siera

    • Dear Dr. Elliot Zwane, thank you for your compliments on my blog. Please continue to make comments on anything you see. Where are you based in South Africa as I have a few colleagues there.

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