Who We AreGlobal Leadership

Krista Jacobs Director of Research, Evaluation, and Learning

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

Land rights are foundational to many of the big challenges the world faces – poverty, climate change, food security, and equity. At the same time, land and property rights are very personal. Especially for rural women, land and property rights underly daily experiences around earning income, growing food, personal safety and security, and whether a person is heard and counted when families and communities make decisions. Landesa values both the personal and global perspectives in its work and learning.


Krista Jacobs provides leadership for Landesa’s global Research, Monitoring, and Learning efforts. She is a development economist with over 15 years of experience in land and property rights, agricultural systems, food security, gender, and gender-responsive research and program design. She has experience working with researchers, community organizations, NGO partners, global organizations, and funders. Her team works to build and communicate the evidence base on land tenure, with an emphasis on women’s land rights, and supports monitoring and learning across Landesa’s programs.


  • Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis
  • A.B. cum laude, Economics, Harvard University


  • English
  • Spanish

International Experience:

  • Costa Rica
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Areas of Expertise:

  • Research methods
  • Quantitative and qualitative research
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Agriculture, rural development, and food security
  • Gender
  • Women’s access and rights to land
  • Training and capacity building support
  • Project management

Selected Publications:

Ariztia, M.T., Jacobs, K. and Manfre, C. Innovative Approaches to Co-creating Equitable Policy Environments. Rural Advisory Services Policy Compendium. Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services. 2016.

Jacobs, K., A. Kes. “The Ambiguity of Joint Asset Ownership: A Cautionary Tale from Uganda and South Africa,” Feminist Economics, DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2014.926559. 2014.

Kanesathasan, A., K. Jacobs, M. Young, A. Shetty. Capturing the Gender Effect: Guidance for Gender Measurement in Agriculture Programs. Technical Brief. Washington, D.C.: International Center for Research on Women. 2013.

Jacobs, K., S. Namy, A. Kes, U. Bob, V. Moodley. Gender Differences in Asset Rights in South Africa. International Center for Research on Women. 2011

Kes, A., K. Jacobs, S. Namy. Gender Differences in Asset Rights in Central Uganda. International Center for Research on Women. 2011.

Jacobs, K., M. Saggers, S. Namy. How do Community-based Legal Programs Work?: Understanding the Process and Benefits of a Pilot Program to Advance Women’s Property Rights in Uganda. International Center for Research on Women. 2011.

Property Rights and Gender: A Training Toolkit. International Center for Research on Women. 2010.