Marta G. Rivera-Ferre

Marta G. Rivera-Ferre
Spanish National Research Council | CSIC · Institute for the Management and Innovation of Knowledge (INGENIO)

PhD

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Introduction
I am interested in doing research on food systems, particularly on food security and food sovereignty, alternative food systems, and the adaptation to climate change. Looking at this topics following a complex socioeological systems approach and with a focus on gender and its intersection with other axes of power and discrimination. I have been lead author of the UN panel of experts IPCC, IPBES and IAASTD
Additional affiliations
September 2012 - November 2015
University of Vic
Position
  • Ramon y Cajal Research Fellow
November 2010 - January 2012
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2006 - July 2010
Autonomous University of Barcelona
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (122)
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Agri-food systems are essential not only in achieving food security but also in achieving both social and environmental sustainability. Despite different actors use different frameworks to define and assess food systems sustainability, there is growing consensus on the need to approach them from a complex socio-ecological systems perspective. Howev...
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Eradicating world hunger—the aim of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2)—requires a social–ecological approach to agrifood systems. However, previous work has mostly focused on one or the other. Here, we apply such a holistic approach to depicting the global food panorama through a quantitative multivariate assessment of 43 indicators of food sove...
Technical Report
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The global demand for food will increase in the future. To meet this demand, it is not enough simply to increase productivity in a sustainable way. We also need to change from linear mass consumption to a more circular economy — which will mean changing our norms, habits and routines. The evidence shows that this kind of behaviour change needs to...
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The European Commission (EC) released its new Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. As scholars committed to supporting sustainable food system transformation, we commend the EC for delivering a longer term vision, and proposing the development of a legislative framework for sustainable food syste...
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ENGLISH ONLY UN Women Expert Group Meeting 'Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes'
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This Cross-Chapter Box highlights the intersecting issues of gender, climate change adaptation, climate justice and transformative pathways. A gender perspective does not centre only on women or men but examines structures, processes and relationships of power between and among groups of men and women and how gender, particularly in its non-binary...
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Climate change impacts are being felt across sectors in all regions of the world, and adaptation projects are being implemented to reduce climate risks and existing vulnerabilities. Climate adaptation actions also have significant synergies and tradeoffs with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 5 on gender equality. Questions ar...
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Chapter 2, building on prior assessments, provides a global assessment of the observed impacts and projected risks of climate change to terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, including their component species and the services they provide to people. Where possible, differences among regions, taxonomic groups and ecosystem types are presented. Adapt...
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Nature-based solutions provide adaptation and mitigation benefits for climate change as well as contributing to other sustainable development goals (high confidence). Effective nature-based climate change mitigation stems from inclusive decision-making and adaptive management pathways that deliver climate-resilient systems serving multiple sustaina...
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El artículo pretende contribuir al debate sobre la transición agroalimentaria con el análisis de una serie de escenarios de transición que combinan medidas a nivel de producción con otras de consumo, analizando los impactos en las dietas y en 6 indicadores biofísicos relacionados con los sistemas planetarios.
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Beekeeping is being impacted by climate change in the Mediterranean region. Examining the vulnerability of beekeeping to climate change is highly relevant not only due to the pollination services that honeybees provide; but also in terms of food security. To provide a comprehensive overview of the vulnerability of beekeeping to climate change, here...
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Social Ecological System (SES) research highlights the importance of understanding the potential of collective actions, among other factors, when it comes to influencing the transformative (re)configuration of agri-food systems in response to global change. Such a response may result in different desired outcomes for those actors who promote collec...
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Climate change scenarios have significant implications for the livelihoods and food security of particular groups in society and will necessitate a range of adaptation actions. While there is a significant literature on the social as well as biophysical factors and limits to adaptation, less is known about the interactions between these, and what s...
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In a context of re-definition of what is Agroecology, we reflect on the characteristics of an agroecological education for food sovereignty (AEFS). To do this, we analyse four courses self-claiming to have a food sovereignty focus in the formal and non-formal spheres in Brazil and Spain by answering three questions: “from where” (motivations and ac...
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The intensification of researchers’ work on agroecological transitions in recent years highlights the growing importance of how change is addressed in the field of agroecology. This research offers a wide variety of interpretations, from different standpoints, on the most important mechanisms, knowledge, dimensions, and scales to consider for unde...
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The 4th Global Food Security conference highlighted four major developments: the shift from food security to food systems; a focus on diets and consumption patterns; the importance of unknown futures and inherent uncertainties and risks; and the central role of multi-level connections between local-and global-oriented research. These shifts highlig...
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The impacts of climate change on people are not homogeneous, with some social groups being more heavily affected than others. This is due to the existence of a differential and contextual vulnerability that most often is related to inequality. In this sense, gender is a key axis of social inequality that intersects with other systems of power and m...
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En Cataluña, coincidiendo con el estallido de la crisis económica iniciada en 2008, se ha producido un crecimiento continuado de iniciativas socioeconómicas en el marco de la Economía Social y Solidaria (ESS), un sector caracterizado por una importante participación femenina. En un contexto de gran vulnerabilidad económica y vital, las mujeres han...
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The e-workshop consists of a keynote plenary session and four thematic sessions that address the connections between pastoralism and sustainable development: (1) environment, ecology and ecosystem services; (2) society and culture; (3) economy and finance; and (4) policy, institutions and governance. The keynote speeches addressed trends and challe...
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This compendium represents steps towards the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and local knowledge (LK) into international assessments. The contributions within this compendium document how holders of IK and LK observe, project, and respond to anthropogenic climate change. In doing so, this compendium constitutes an invaluable resource to be c...
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The Nature’s Contribution to People (NCP) framework builds on the Ecosystem Services (ES) concept and aims to incorporate social sciences more inclusively into economic and ecological aspects of ES. Given the emphasis of NCP around social issues, it is our hypothesis that NCP framework is well positioned to analyse complex socio-ecological systems...
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Fod Systems Summit Brief Prepared by Research Partners of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit, May 2021
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Industrial agriculture has been promoted widely as essential for ending hunger, the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Despite increases in global productivity and yields of many commodity crops, SDG2 has not yet been achieved and the negative environmental and social consequences of this system have become impossible to ignore. Narratives...
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Land supplies multiple goods and services vital to humans and the environment. In the last decades, increasing evidence of growing land degradation are made apparent. A limited and depleting resource base, the reliance on climate-sensitive sectors and its large population, make South Asia highly vulnerable to climate change. Observed changes in cli...
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Different framings of food may shape food policies and their impact. Despite acknowledging food systems’ complexities, the European Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy still addresses food as a commodity instead of a human right or common good.
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CONTEXT The COVID-19 pandemic has become one of the most pressing challenges for humanity. The pandemic is affecting all aspects of human lives and livelihoods, including food. In this context, new research shows the nexus between agri-food systems and the spread of emergent infectious diseases (EID) such as the coronavirus disease while at the sam...
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Background: Evidence from the scientific literature shows a significant variation in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the diet, according to the type of food consumed. We aim to analyze the relationship between the daily dietary GHG emissions according to red meat, fruit and vegetables consumption and their relationship with risk of total morta...
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In this report we investigate the impact of COVID-19 in local agri-food networks in Catalonia and the responses developed by actors in these networks. We show how trust, solidarity and cooperation have made this sector highly resilient to the pandemics.
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Citizen science (CS) is growing quickly, given its potential to enhance knowledge coproduction by diverse participants, generating large and global data sets. However, uneven participation in CS is still an important concern. This work aims to understand (1) participation dynamics in CS and (2) how they are shaped by participation barriers and driv...
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There is large consensus in indicating that the vulnerability of Mediterranean pastoralism is increasing. There is also large consensus that policy might be both part of the problem and part of the solution. In view of this, we conducted a check-up of governance elements that have an impact on all dimensions of Mediterranean pastoralism (productive...
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Understanding valuation of and access to traditional agroecological knowledge (TAeK) in industrialized countries is key to designing initiatives that can reverse the erosion of TAeK. We explored these issues using a quasi-experimental design. We measured valuation and access to TAeK with a survey before and after an intervention based on a citizen...
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Rationale: This brief reflects on the key scientific contributions of the recent publication of the report 'Towards a Sustainable Food System' by the Chief Scientific Advisors (Scientific Advice Mechanism-SAM) 1 and the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) Evidence Review Report on 'Sustainable Food Systems for the EU' 2 that inf...
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Industrial agriculture has been promoted widely as essential for ending hunger, the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Despite increases in global productivity and yields of many commodity crops, SDG2 has not yet been achieved and negative environmental and social consequences of this system have become impossible to ignore. The narrative b...
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This report intends to address the role that extensive farming can play in the context of climate change, both in connection with improving the assessment of its emissions and their derived effects, as well as contributing to its adaptation, and above all, harnessing all its potential to fight climate change. This report is conceived as a technical...
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A food system framework breaks down entrenched sectoral categories and existing adaptation and mitigation silos, presenting novel ways of assessing and enabling integrated climate change solutions from production to consumption.
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Este cuaderno, coeditado por la Fundación Entretantos y la Plataforma por la Ganadería Extensiva y el Pastoralismo, recopila y organiza un intenso trabajo colectivo desarrollado en el seno de la Plataforma para abordar la adaptación y la lucha contra el cambio climático desde la perspectiva de la ganadería extensiva. El proceso se inició con una se...
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By analysing how the IPCC global assessments reports (ARs) from AR1 to AR5 have addressed agriculture, and more lately, food security, in the context of climate change, Porter et al. (2019) acknowledge the need to take a food systems approach. This is absolutely necessary since the objective of the ARs is to produce policy‐relevant evaluations to g...
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This work explores the actors and reasons behind Traditional Agroecological Knowledge (TAeK) conservation initiatives in industrialized contexts. Results come from interviews to key informants and social network analyses of TAeK conservation projects conducted in central Catalonia. Actors used contrasting discourses to refer to TAeK conservation, b...
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Table SM5.1 A gendered approach to understanding how climate change affects dimensions of food 3 security across pastoral and agro-pastoral livestock-holders (adapted from McKune et al. (2015); Ongoro 4 and Ogara (2012) and Fratkin et al. (2004). ↑increased, ↓decreased 5 Group Livelihoods Health Nutrition Pastoral ↑ time demand on women and girls f...
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This article analyzes the roles, relations, and positions of scholar-activists in the European food sovereignty movement. In doing so, we document, make visible and question the political dimensions of researchers' participation in the movement. We argue that scholar-activists are part of the movement, but are distinct from the affected constituenc...
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Poster examing natures contributions to peoples (NCP's) through a meta-analysis of the pastoral literature
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This is the food security chapter of the IPCC SRLCC. It provides a synthesis of impacts, adaptation and mitigation issues from the perspective of food systems.
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In the context of nutritional disaffection with a dominant food and agricultural system and the social questioning of everyday nutritional habits, we studied what Eating Well means to people and what role organic food plays in their lives. We conducted 11 discussion groups that were carried out in Andalusia, Spain; participants had different socio-...
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While a number of works question the alterity of alternative food chains, little has been said about the social processes under which new economic models are, or may be, developed within the broader movement around 'short food supply chains’ (SFCs) in Europe. Considering SFCs as economic organisations, we propose an analytical framework based on Ne...
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The definition of Agroecology as a science, as a movement, and as a practice is widely accepted worldwide. But these three approaches are in fact interrelated elements which cannot be separated one from the others. They rather articulate among them to reflect different mental models and narratives all willing to tackle the unsustainability of food...
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A set of climate and non-climate trends are decimating both bees and beekeeping. To provide a picture of the actual vulnerability of Mediterranean beekeeping, we conducted a preliminary analysis of the views of Spanish beekeepers on the main stressors they face. The study revealed the multifactorial character of the vulnerability of Mediterranean b...
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Este libro está bajo una licencia Reconocimiento-No comercial-Compartir bajo la misma licencia 3.0 España de Creative Commons. Para ver una copia de esta licencia, visite http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/es/
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Agri-food systems assessment can be performed following official and alternative framings, each linked to different objects of study, methods of analysis, and policy responses. Alternative frames conceptualize agri-food systems as the integration and interaction of humans and the agro-environment (i.e., as socio-ecological systems). This conceptual...
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Climate variations are considered one of several interacting factors affecting food security. Specifically, in the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) increased exposure to droughts and floods are expected. Local traditional knowledge in agriculture (LTKA) is proposed here as valid knowledge to ensure food availability under climate change, given its long e...
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The long-term viability of pastoralism has been a constant theme for discussions. The progress of knowledge on the sustainability of pastoralism under global environmental change has been notable in the last years. To better characterize this vulnerability, we have examined the existing scientific knowledge about the three dimensions of vulnerabili...
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Livestock play a key role in the climate change debate. As with crop-based agriculture, the sector is both a net greenhouse gas emitter and vulnerable to climate change. At the same time, it is an essential food source for millions of people worldwide, with other functions apart from food security such as savings and insurance. By comparison with c...
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The wide-ranging literature on food systems provides multiple perspectives and world views. Various stakeholders define food and food systems in non-equivalent ways. The perception of the performance of food systems is determined by these specific perspectives, and a wide variety of policies responding to different aims are proposed and implemented...
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Per a la majoria de la població, la paraula muntanya evoca imatges relacionades amb l’excursionisme, l’esquí, les vaques, el formatge, l’aire fresc i/o la neu. Tanmateix, les muntanyes són més que no pas un entorn bucòlic amb granges i excursions familiars. Les muntanyes proveeixen serveis eco-sistèmics i altres serveis que són vitals per a tota la...
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Esta publicación es el resultado del proyecto: "Elementos que motivan la participación social en la gestión de planes y proyectos con impacto ambiental en el cantón Cuenca", financiado por la DIUC (Dirección de Investigaciones de la Universidad de Cuenca), en el marco del XIII Concurso de Proyectos DIUC aplicados al programa Prometeo-SENESCYT. Los...
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Land abandonment is pervasive in mountainous Europe. In the present situation of price-cost squeeze on pastoral households and general shift in the role of farming, the development of farming abandonment risk regions is generally associated with adoption of new multifunctional rural development strategies, such as farm tourism, which in the end ent...
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En el año 2010 la organización de las naciones unidas para la Agricul-tura y la Alimentación (FAo), señalaba que en el período 1990/92-2010 se había producido un incremento de 3,4 millones en el número de per-sonas desnutridas por año, alcanzando un pico de 1.023 millones de per-sonas en 2009 (FAo, 2010). Estas cifras ponían en evidencia los escaso...
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Introduction 9.1.1. Rationale for the Chapter This chapter assesses the impacts of climate change on, and the prospects for adaptation in, rural areas. Rural areas include diverse patterns of settlement, infrastructure, and livelihoods, and relate in complex ways with urban areas. The chapter shows that rural areas experience specific vulnerabiliti...
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Food sovereignty has increasingly become a common political framework for alternative food movements seeking for radical change in the agrifood system. The transformative potential of food sovereignty is contextdependent, resulting in different approaches and strategies in different territories. In this chapter, we address the case of Catalonia (Sp...
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This introduction provides an overview of the discourse on alternative agrifood movements (AAMs) to (1) ascertain the degree of convergence and divergence around a common ethos of alterity and (2) context the chapters of the book. AAMs have increased in recent years in response to the growing legitimation crisis of the conventional agrifood system....
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This chapter examines La Vía Campesina's strategy of consolidating strategic alliances in its global struggle to build food sovereignty. After discussing some of La Vía Campesina's initial challenges in working with nongovernmental organizations we focus on two case studies: first, La Vía Campesina's work with Veterinarios Sin Fronteras, based in S...
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Through a categorisation of the convergence/divergence frame of this book into conceptual, organisational and analytical, and following a 'corporate environmental' and 'corporate food' regimes theoretical basis, in this chapter we sum up the findings of this collective work and develop some future research needs. The results presented show that at...
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La discriminación de las mujeres rurales y la falta de una aplicación efectiva de la legislación sobre la igualdad de género es un fenómeno extendido alrededor del mundo. Las mujeres han sido tradicionalmente las responsables del cuidado y alimentación familiar, en consecuencia han desarrollado tareas productivas que facilitan la combinación de act...