Maria "Maris" Gavino
Ms. Maris Gavino is a gender and international agriculture expert and currently represents WOCAN at the FAO, WFP and IFAD in Rome. She served the Philippine government from 1977 to 2007, initially as an international agricultural analyst and later as the Alternate Permanent Representative to the FAO, WFP and IFAD. Her thesis work was on "Women in Development" and professionally, women's issues are at the top of her agenda. Maris has led many efforts to sensitize the leading UN Agriculture agencies to gender issues. Today, these agencies are incorporating gender issues to a greater extent than ever before. Maris currently resides in Rome, where she is centrally located for her work with the FAO, WFP and IFAD.