Santiago Lopez-Ridaura focuses on the quantitative analysis of agricultural systems at the field, farm, landscape and regional level. By developing and applying a suit of quantitative systems analysis approaches, methods and tools, he builds a detailed understanding of the characteristics, dynamics and diversity of farming systems in a given region. Then, through multi-criteria assessments of different cropping and farming systems, he helps target interventions to specific types of farms within certain agro-ecologies.
Lopez-Ridaura works closely with farmers, farmer organizations, national and international non-governmental organizations, and agricultural research and development institutions to help them answer what technological and policy interventions are most appropriate for a given community. This enables organizations to comprehensively understand the main challenges and opportunities of specific technologies, and improve their adoption and adaptation to reach impact at scale.