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Lina Salazar is a senior economist for the Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. She has a PhD in Economics from the American University in Washington DC, with specialization on rural development, gender economics and project impact evaluation. Over the past six years she has lead the design and implementation of several impact evaluations of rural development programs with the purpose to identify effective strategies to improve agricultural productivity, income and food security of small land holder producers in the Latin American and the Caribbean region (i.e. Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Mexico). Her research also expands to topics related with disaster risk management and gender issues. Currently her work at the IBD entails leading the design of agricultural projects (i.e. Haiti, Bolivia, Peru) and the impact evaluation agenda for interventions in the agricultural sector. Previously, Ms. Salazar has worked in the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the FAO in Rome, Italy as well as in the Impact Enhancement Division of the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru.