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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Nargiza Ludgate

Research Assistant Scientist
Food Systems, Gender Equality, Local Capacity Development

Dr. Ludgate’s background in development informs her research, most of which is applied and focused on food systems, gender equality, and local capacity development. She has significant experience in project design, budgeting, implementation, and training facilitation. She utilizes mixed methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, to explain complex issues that surround smallholder farmers’ social capital and collective action, role of community-based organizations on women’s leadership potential in patriarchal societies, gender-based violence, and intersectionality. Her current research activities take place in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Iraq (Kurdistan), Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Contact Information


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida, 2018
    • M.B.A. Agribusiness, New Mexico State University, 2007
    • B.S. Agricultural Economics, Ferghana State University, 2005
  • Professional Experience
    • 2023 - Present
      Research Assistant Scientist, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2018 - 2023
      Assistant Scholar, Office for Global Research Engagement, UF International Center
    • 2016 - 2018
      Research Administrator III, Livestock Lab, IFAS, University of Florida
    • 2009 - 2016
      Research Coordinator, UF International Center
    • 2006 - 2007
      Graduate Research Assistant, Water Task Force Extension, Department of Extension Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture, New Mexico State University
    • 2004 - 2006
      Grants Manager, USAID-funded Central Asia Water Users Association Support Program, Winrock International, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    • 2000 - 2004
      Project Specialist, Case New Holland Demonstration Farm Project, Case New Holland, France S.A., Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Publications
  • Other Professional Activities
    • International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) 
    • Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE)
    • Affiliate member of Global Food Systems Institute, IFAS, UF
    • Affiliate member of Center for African Studies, UF