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Researcher and development practitioner focusing on Food Security, Nutrition, and Gender.
Gianna is passionate about food and nutrition security issues, specifically those affecting women, Indigenous populations and small-holder farmers. She focuses on research in development, gender-based projects, and 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 bilateral agencies, interntional organizations, NGOs, and recently for the World Food Program leading the local research for a strategic review of the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) in strong collaboration with John Hopkins University.
Gianna has worked in Australia and Southeast Asia for over a decade in the non-for profit and academic sectors, born in Barcelona, and of Italian heritage.