Anna D'Souza is a research economist in the Food Security and
Development Branch in the Market and Trade Economics Division of
ERS. Her research addresses the major elements of food
security-availability, access, and utilization- and integrates this
analysis into the wider development literature to address the
broader relationship between development, poverty and food
security. She investigates patterns, trends, and policy-oriented
questions linked to global food security using recent household
survey data from developing countries such as Afghanistan and
Tanzania. Topics include estimating the impact of food price
increases on calorie intake, macronutrient and micronutrient
intake, and dietary diversity; identifying vulnerable groups with
respect to food price shocks; and examining the relationship
between food security, food price increases, and conflict.
Prior to her graduate studies, Anna served as a Peace Corps
volunteer in Dakar, Senegal. She worked with entrepreneurs, NGOs,
and government organizations in order to promote small enterprise
development. (She continues to visit Senegal and enjoys Senegalese
music, dance, and food.)
Anna received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a B.S. in Finance and
Economics from the Stern School of Business at New York University
(NYU), summa cum laude.
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association; International
Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.
D'Souza, Anna, and Dean Jolliffe, 2012, "Rising Food Prices and
Coping Strategies: Household-level Evidence from Afghanistan,"
Journal of Development Studies, February. Vol. 48, No. 2.
D'Souza, Anna, 2012, "The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention: Changing
the Currents of Trade," Journal of Development Economics,
January. Vol. 91, Issue 1. 73-87.
D'Souza, Anna, 2011, "Rising Food Prices and Declining Food Security:
Evidence from Afghanistan," Amber Waves (feature),
Vol. 9. No. 3., Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, September, pp. 26-33.
D'Souza, Anna, 2011, Wheat Flour Price Shocks and Household Food
Security in Afghanistan, Economic Research Report, ERR-121,
Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, July, 35