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Joana G. Ferreira currently works at the Policy, Innovation and Behaviour Change Team, Scotland's Rural College. Joana does research in Ecological Economics and Environmental Science. She is currently involved in the following projects: 'Arthropod conservation in agriultural landscapes'; 'RESAS (Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021): 3.1.4 Preventing Food Waste'; Global Challenges Fund Networking (Guinea-Bissau): Managing risk in agricultural systems.
A rapid evidence assessment
With the UK's withdrawal from the European Union and calls for establishing a new agricultural policy, it is pertinent to examine the role that disadvantage plays within support for farm incomes. We matched farm business survey data with land capability and other biophysical data to understand the impact of biophysical and distance based disadvanta...
Sustainable land management (SLM) practices can significantly improve social welfare in Malawi by improving watershed service provision. Smallholder farmers are the ones that stand the most to gain, as decreased soil erosion and increased water efficiency will boost productivity and increase food security. However, these farmers lack the capital to...
This project aims to build networking and knowledge transfer structures between University Jean-Piaget Bissau and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), contributing to capacity-building in Guinea-Bissau to tackling the challenges facing its agricultural sector. The scheduled meetings, networking events, workshops and field work, will allow the project team to: i) characterise the risks currently faced by the Guinea-Bissau agricultural sector; ii) identify the diversification practices that are currently available in the country; iii) identify additional diversification practices that could be implemented; iv) analyse the potential for added-value in the cashew industry; v) make an initial characterisation of the barriers to uptake diversification and integrated management practices.
There is an acknowledged need to assess food waste and identify ways of reducing it at different levels - primary and secondary production, processing, retailing, consumption and society - which form the key drivers for this research, to be delivered over the course of the next 2 years.