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Born in Barcelona, of Italian heritage, and based in Australia and Southeast Asia for the last decade.
Gianna is passionate about food and nutrition security issues, specifically those affecting women and Indigenous populations. She is qualified and experienced in Social Sciences, gender-based projects, and in social programs evaluation and research. She has been involved in food security projects for over 8 years, working in Aboriginal communities with the Australian Red Cross, and in multiple sustainable food production initiatives.
As part of her Master of Development Studies at the University of Sydney, she produced a Briefing Paper on nutrition-sensitive agricultural development focused on Southeast Asia. This framework, combined with her experience working in a rural farm, inspired the “Food and Nutrition Hub” project proposal, winner of the BCFN Young Earth Solutions! in 2014.
She is currently based in Timor-Leste undertaking a PhD based on the BCFNYES! project, exploring the interrelations between women’s empowerment in agriculture, animal-source food production and child dietary diversity among subsistence farming rural communities. In Timor-Leste, she also consults for the NGO sector and bilateral agencies supporting research studies in social development.