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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge
 

Biography

My research based at the MARS Center for Cocoa Science in Brazil, is funded by MARS and it is a collaboration with the CIRAD (French Agriculture Research for Development).

Research

I have a strong interest in the study of cocoa sustainability, yield, biodiversity conservation and climate change. I am currently investigating the effects of 2015-16 El Nino drought on cocoa production in the state of Bahia. I also study the environmental value of shade tree and the factors limiting yield in traditional Brazilian cocoa agroforests. A better understanding of cocoa agroforest dynamics and climate threat in farm conditions, will help to support cocoa farmers to cope with climate change and to increase yield.