University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Margarita Fernandez

Margarita Fernandez PhD Student, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science

MS, Environmental Science, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

BS, Biology, Tufts University


Advisor: Ernesto Mendez

Margarita comes to the ARLG at UVM after working for 12 years on sustainable agriculture, community development and biodiversity conservation issues in Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Laos, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and the USA. She has worked long term contracts as an urban farms community organizer in New York City, organic farm manager in upstate New York, program officer for organic agriculture program in Laos, and technical reviewer for organic product certification with a focal area of Mexico, USA, and Canada. She has also worked short-term consultancies for a wide range of groups such as UNDP Cuba, Oxfam (Cuba and Laos), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT-Mexico), Food First (Cuba and Mexico), Global Exchange (Cuba), and the Global Plant Clinic-FUNICA (Nicaragua). Her Master's research explored social benefits and community-based management systems of urban agriculture in New York City and Havana, Cuba. Her dissertation research uses a participatory action research process to understand the relationships between agroecology, food sovereignty, livelihoods and climate change with smallholder coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico and northern Nicaragua.

Research Interests: Agroecology, Agro-food Systems, Food Sovereignty, Food Security, Rural Livelihoods, and Agrobiodiversity
Dissertation (Working Title): Seasonal hunger in Mesoamerica: Analysis of agroecology, food sovereignty and livelihoods with smallholder coffee farmers of Chiapas, Mexico and northern Nicaragua

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