Mercedita Sombilla is Director of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Staff at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Republic of the Philippines. She was previously the manager of the Research and Development Department at the Southeast Asian Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). Prior to this, she worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Ms. Sombilla completed her PhD in agricultural and applied economics at the University of Minnesota. She holds an M.A in Economics and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of the Philippines, Dillman.