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. 282-299.
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 pp.