Viridiana Alcantara-Shivapatham

Title: Senior Program Officer, Agriculture Innovations
Joined Verra: 2021
Languages spoken:Spanish, German, English, conversational French, basic Italian

As Senior Program Officer, Viridiana supports the development and implementation of new VCS agricultural methodologies and projects and explores opportunities to promote regenerative agriculture within Verra’s other frameworks. In this role, she provides technical guidance to Program Team colleagues and to users of Verra programs in the agriculture sector, including on the use of emerging MRV technologies and approaches.

Prior to joining Verra, Viridiana supported the international “4 per 1000” Initiative on soils for food security and climate in her function as Desk Officer at the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food in Germany. Before that, she worked at FAO in Rome as Land and Water Officer. Here, she supported the Global Soil Partnership and further projects on sustainable soil management around the world. Viridiana also worked at Thuenen Institute for Climate-Smart Agriculture, where she led a three-year research project on carbon sequestration in forest and cropland subsoils.

Viridiana holds a PhD in soil science and a Diploma (German equivalent of Master of Science) in Geo-ecology. Viridiana is originally from Mexico City and is currently based close to Bonn, Germany. In her free time, she loves to play with her son, and she enjoys hiking and singing.

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