I am a Post-doctoral Researcher Fellow at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IOB) of the University of Antwerp. I hold a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Development Economics from the University of Leuven (funded by FWO) and a M.Sc. Degree in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan. My research aims at understanding, both from a positive and a normative point of view, how agricultural value-chains and related institutions, such as food standards and contracts, shape socio-economic outcomes for participants from low- and middle-income countries. More generally, I am interested in the link between agricultural and development economics and in disentangling the potential of agriculture in reducing rural poverty. In my research I mainly apply microeconomics and statistics to problems of development, and recur to the collection of primary data (e.g., Peru, Mexico and Honduras). Prior to my Ph.D. I worked as a Young Professional for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Northern Uganda.