Delivering food security through small-scale farmers – lessons from Brazil

Supervisor

Dr Karl Evans, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
karl.evans@sheffield.ac.uk | +44 (0)114 2220125

Co-supervisor

Dr Chasca Twyman, Department of Geography


Grantham Scholar

Cecilie Dyngeland

Small-scale farmers in developing countries farm significant amounts of land and contribute disproportionately to national food production. Despite this, the poorest and most malnourished people in the developing world are small-scale farmers. They drive both conflict and potential solutions to societal and environmental concerns, and must be supported if food security is to be improved in developing regions.

In 2003, Brazil implemented a series of ambitious policies called the Zero Hunger programme to tackle poverty and food security, and results suggest that the country’s Millennium Development goal of eradicating extreme hunger by 2015 was met six years ahead of schedule.

This project focuses on Brazil overall and the Cerrado and Atlantic Forest regions in the state of Minas Gerais in particular, as this is an important agricultural centre and biodiversity hotspot. Remote sensing and socio-economic data on a national level will be combined with detailed data from individual farms in the Cerrado and Atlantic regions to examine three inter-related areas about how Brazil’s Zero Hunger programme has influenced:

This project is in collaboration with the Sheffield Institute of International Development and the João Pinheiro Research Foundation in Brazil.

Contact: Cecilie Dyngeland, cecilie.dyngeland@sheffield.ac.uk