Ms. Ann Steensland is the lead of the GAP Initiative in the Global Programs office of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In this role, she serves as the lead author of the Global Agricultural Productivity Report, or GAP Report, an annual analysis of global progress toward productive sustainable food and agriculture systems.
Her research areas include sustainable approaches for increasing the productivity of small-scale agriculture, improving livelihoods and nutrition for small-scale farmers, market-based strategies for reducing post-harvest loss and waste, and connecting small-scale and emerging farmers to markets.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Ms. Steensland was the Deputy Director of the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI), a private sector policy voice for productivity and sustainability throughout the agricultural value chain. Ms. Steensland also served as Chief of Staff of the Alliance to End Hunger, a coalition of companies, universities, faith-based groups and NGOs building the public and political will to end hunger and malnutrition.
Ms. Steensland has an M.A. in African History. She was awarded the Lawrence Levine Prize for her thesis exploring racial, economic and environmental dimensions of the development of commercial agriculture in South Africa.