Market and trade socio-economist, involved in a wide range of research and consultancy on development opportunities and problems in the agri-food and rural sectors of developing countries. My main interest is in the creation and transfer of knowledge that can contribute to the development of agriculture and food SMEs in developing countries and the improvement of smallholder farmer market access and profitability by building appropriate institutions and strengthening linkages among key public and private sector actors of the value chain. Over the last 12 years I have undertaken consultancy and research in about 20 countries in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia where I have worked on a number of different commodities. I am member of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and Teaching Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA).
• Planning and conduct of applied socio-economic research in the agri-food and rural development sectors of developing countries, including market research, adoption and impact studies and value chain analysis
• Familiarity with main issues in domestic, regional and international trade markets of food and livestock products with specific interest in tariff and non-tariff trade barriers, trade-related SPS issues, regulations and policies, private standards and enabling environment for developing countries’ SMEs participation in trade and global value chains
• Identification, preparation and appraisal of agriculture and rural development projects
• Preparation of business and development cases for private investors and donors
• Post-harvest losses assessment and reduction, particularly along value chains of perishable crops
• Establishment and functioning of agriculture and food innovation platforms
• Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and participatory methodologies applied to agricultural research planning and M&E
• Survey data analysis
• On-farm conservation of agrobiodiversity
research & development
farming / crops
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