Kayte Meola is a sociologist, researcher, and gender, youth, and social inclusion advisor focusing on women’s and girls’ empowerment in agriculture and environment in international development. She is currently a Lead Specialist with DAI’s Resilience and Stability practice and brings more than 20 years of professional and academic experience in gender integration, mainstreaming, and advisory, international research on gender in agricultural value chains and natural resource management, youth and gender-based violence reduction programming, strategic planning, program design, capacity and resource development, and communications. Kayte has researched the gender implications of agricultural innovations, integrated gender into agricultural research, developed capacity-strengthening activities, and has conducted consultancies as a gender advisor, researcher, project evaluator, and editor for several international organizations.

She has conducted studies on gender equality, norms, and gendered impacts in Brazil, Colombia, and Honduras, in addition she has worked on projects in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Uganda, Uruguay, and Vietnam. Her passion is integrating gender-based violence prevention programming into development initiatives using physical and psychological empowerment techniques and positive gender models to strengthen girls’ and women’s abilities to realize their full human potential.

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