Vanessa Chiamulera, from Mato Grosso in Brazil, receives a 2021 Nuffield International Scholarship supported by Bayer. For her scholarship, Vanessa will study different sustainable alternatives in agriculture to optimise productivity and mitigate the environmental impacts of activity.
Vanessa is Process Manager of 'Grupo Morena' a family-based 9,500-ha farm producing soy, corn, cattle and eucalyptus, and grain warehouse services. With more than 60 employees, there is a strong focus on sustainability, respecting social, environmental and economic outcomes. On-farm production activities include no tillage, crop rotation, integration of livestock-farming-forestry, traceability, photovoltaic energy and garbage recycling.
Grupo Morena also has a project called "Open Field Academy," opening its doors to visitors including farmers, schools, universities, technical experts and international visitors.
Vanessa says that every day new techniques are developed to improve farm production, but these must be combined with sustainable practices.
"Alternatives such as integrated production, inclusion of new technology and capacity-building for people can make a big difference to agriculture," she says.
"I believe that sustainable production is the biggest challenge for our sector. Producing food for a growing population is vital, but it is also our responsibility to implement creative, simple and innovative methods that are socially, environmentally and economically responsible.
"Brazil is a country with very preserved natural resources, and I believe it is possible to optimise resources, preserve and produce at the same time, while improving the life of people working in this sector."
For her research, Vanessa will visit the Netherlands as they have made a national commitment to produce twice as much food using half the resources. She will also visit Israel, Japan and Singapore.
Vanessa has a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mato Grosso State (UNEMAT) and an MBA in Agribusiness Management by ESALQ in University of Sao Paulo. She is also a member of a livestock working group (GTPS) to encourage sustainable practices and is involved in "Agri Hub," which shares new technologies and supports start-ups connected to agriculture. The farm business is also involved in an international social movement called "Giving Tuesday," donating not just money but also time to children to teach them about farming and the environment.
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