Dr Sara Burbi is an assistant professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University. She is a qualified veterinary surgeon (University of Pisa, Italy) and holds a Masters in International Rural Development (Royal Agricultural University, England). Sara has worked in Latin America on community relief and knowledge exchange programmes. and is a member of the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA).
During her PhD (Coventry University, England) she explored issues related with pastoral livestock farming in the South West and West Midlands, with a specific focus on small-scale farmers’ engagement on greenhouse gas emission (GHG) mitigation. She has successfully collaborated with members of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association and other livestock farmers, and she has designed the Rapid Farm Practices Assessment (RFPA) tool to provide practical advice to farmers on how to improve their farm management in order to mitigate GHG emissions, while creating opportunities for farmers to work as co-researchers in the project by engaging in knowledge exchange activities, receiving feedback from farmers, as their views and comments were extremely important and valuable for the development of the project.
Sara will provide a brief overview of the challenges to the sustainable development of Latin America during the opening ceremony of the Forum.