Head of Global Gender programs
Jona Repishti serves as the Head of Global Gender Programs for Digital Green.
In this role, she leads cross -organizational efforts to implement evidence-
based gender-sensitive programs and products, mainstreams gender across
the organization, and provides thought leadership to reach a wide community
of stakeholders. Prior to this, Jona was a senior gender advisor at the
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where she served a
diverse group of clients — including multinational corporations, foundations
and development finance institutions — to apply a gender lens in their
operations and supply chains, and to develop strategies and transformational
programs with a gender focus. Jona also led MIT D-Lab’s global
entrepreneurship programs, supporting startups and innovators to scale
market based solutions to global poverty challenges. Passionate about using
co-creation and technology to amplify the voices of women, local leaders and
marginalized communities, she works to support actors and ecosystems to
move from intention to action in developing inclusive solutions to their needs.
She has a bachelor’s from Middlebury College and a master’s from Princeton
Athena Infonomics, together with Genesis Analytics and DataReady, have been supporting USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security to develop an inclusive digital design toolkit.
In low- and middle-income countries, female farmers encounter substantial challenges stemming from limited access to relevant and actionable agronomic information. This information is critical for enhancing their productivity, incomes and adapting to climate change. In this session, Digital Green will share its efforts to enhance the inclusivity and efficacy of public extension services by deploying an AI-assistant for agricultural front-line workers. We will also present early findings from our chatbot pilot programs in India, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Additionally, we will delve into the lessons we’ve learned on enhancing accessibility, employing gender-sensitive designs, and ensuring that digital innovations cater to the distinct requirements of both female and male farmers.