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Biography

Dr Sara Burbi 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. 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.

 

Area of Expertise:

livestock farming, participatory action research

 

Memberships:

  • Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • Member of the Italian College of Veterinary Surgeons (Ordine Vet Pisa)
  • Member of Mensa, The High IQ Club; Italian branch
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature – Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN – CEM)
  • Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA): Socla.co (Spanish) Agroeco.org (English)
  • Agroecology Europe (AgroEco)
  • International Farming Systems Association (IFSA), Europe Group
  • European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF)
  • Farm Woodland Forum (EURAF partner in the UK)
  • Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA), based in the United Kingdom

Research Interests

Pastoralism; Organic Farming; Agroforestry, silvopasture; Farmer Engagement; Agroeocological Livestock Systems; Knowledge Generation and Dissemination

Vision Statement

I am passionate about livestock farming and after graduating in Veterinary Medicine in my home country (Italy), I decided to pursue a career in sustainable rural development. I have worked in developing countries and I am a keen traveller, valuing cultural knowledge in various rural settings. I am particularly interested in grassland management and silvopasture, the latter being an agroforestry system with greater potential to mitigate climate change than other farming systems. Furthermore, pastoral, small-scale and family farming are vital in many areas across the world, especially in developing countries, and I believe that we, as a society, need to reconnect with the people who commit their lives to produce healthy, sustainable food adopting agroecological farming principles. We need to value their knowledge by engaging in collaborative projects in order to sustain rural livelihoods and promote agroecological farming practices that could help address the challenges we are facing in relation to climate change and our impact on the environment. My involvement in community engagement projects in Latin America and the United Kingdom highlighted the importance of facilitating knowledge exchange and participatory activities to build social and cultural capital, in order to address the issues of climate change and sustainable agroecological systems, and overcome the social barriers to the development of sustainable rural livelihoods.

Education / Academic qualification

Doctorate, Coventry University

1 Nov 20101 May 2014

MSc, Royal Agricultural University

20092010

Degree, University of Pisa

20012006

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Research Output 2011 2017

1 Citations

Peasant Farming as a Refuge in Times of Crises

Hilmi, A. & Burbi, S. 10 Jul 2017 In : Development. 59, 3-4, p. 229-236 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

refuge
national economy
financial crisis
economics
village
File
agroforestry
carbon sequestration
mitigation
ecosystem service
land use change
2 Citations

Achieving successful farmer engagement on greenhouse gas emission mitigation

Burbi, S., Baines, R. N. & Conway, J. S. 16 Mar 2016 In : International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. 14, 4, p. 466-483 18 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
File
Farmers
Farm
Mitigation
Acceptance
Climate change

Agroecología: ¿Mito o realidad?: El ejemplo del Reino Unido

Burbi, S. 21 Sep 2016

Research output: Research - peer-reviewPaper

Effect of three agroecological feeding strategies on the yield and composition of crossbred cows’ milk in the Mexican tropics

Sarabía, L. S., Briceño, E., Ayala, B. A., Aguilar, P. C., Fiebrig, I., Burbi, S. & Solorio Sánchez, F. J. Sep 2016

Research output: Research - peer-reviewOther

cows
milk production
lactation
Leucaena leucocephala
milk

Activities 2015 2018

  • 9 Publication peer-review
  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Invited talk

Sustainability (Journal)

Burbi, S. (Peer Reviewer)
8 Mar 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review

Forest Systems (Journal)

Burbi, S. (Peer Reviewer)
16 Aug 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review

Sustainability (Journal)

Burbi, S. (Peer Reviewer)
26 Apr 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review

Land degradation and development (Journal)

Burbi, S. (Peer Reviewer)
29 Jun 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review