Patricia Costa

Patricia Costa

Senior Researcher
  • Food security
  • Workforce development
  • Agribusiness
Focus Areas
  • International Research
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Education and Workforce Development
About Patricia

Patricia Costa has experience conducting performance evaluations of international development projects related to food security, agriculture, agribusiness, and workforce development. She also managed climate change and clean energy projects for the public and private sectors.

Costa currently works on the projects boosting reading skills in Latin America and studying roads and infrastructure in Ghana and Tanzania. Before joining Mathematica, she led and supported business development efforts in the International Economic Growth Division of Abt Associates. She also coordinated an evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s study of income support for farmers in Mozambique. Costa was also deputy team leader for an assessment of agribusiness policy in Mozambique, delivering actionable recommendations to the government. Before joining Abt, Costa consulted for ICF International and was a coauthor of several United Nations Children’s Fund food security reports analyzing the impact of the 2008 food price crisis on the Middle East and North Africa region.

Costa lived in Morocco, where she developed agribusiness strategies for firms wishing to export produce to the United States. Before this, she worked on a variety of private sector development and innovation projects across the Middle East and North Africa. She also has work experience in Central America and Europe. She has an M.P.P. from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.


Key Projects
  • Niger: Evaluating the Irrigation and Market Access Project

    Mathematica ‘s evaluation of MCC’s irrigation infrastructure and market access intervention in Niger will incorporate remotely sensed data, in addition to information from farmer surveys, to improve yield estimates and assess changes in agricultural productivity.