Eduardo Fuentes, our first AgTraIn Doctor

Last 27th of November of 2014, our colleague Eduardo Fuentes became the first AgTraIner graduated after defending outstandingly his thesis in Montpellier, France.

During three years Eduardo developed his PhD project between Montpellier Supagro (France) and University College Cork (Ireland) in collaboration with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). He conducted a research-intervention work based on the improvement of milk quality management of a dairy supply chain in the highlands of Peru (Mantaro Valley), with the aim of strengthening small-scale dairy farmers against economic shocks. The research leaded to the identification and test of systems, recognizing quality in milk supply chains of the valley, especially in smallholder farms.  

Eduardo published relevant papers during this period contributing to the generation of knowledge about agricultural systems:

“The impacts of differentiated markets on the relationship between dairy processors and smallholder farmers in the Peruvian Andes” which investigates how a dual supply chain combining both formal and informal markets with predominantly smallholder farmers impacts farmer–processor interactions at technical and organizational level in a Peruvian Andean valley

“Effects of dairy husbandry practices and farm types on raw milk quality collected by different categories of dairy processors in the Peruvian Andes” which investigates how the management of milk quality from farm to dairy processor impacts on both chemical and hygienic indicators, in a context characterized by farm scale diversity, the co-existence of formal and informal markets, and high milk demand.

After finishing his defend Eduardo said “I am extremely happy to have successfully completed this project!. This PhD was an enriching experience and I will take a lot of good memories with me”. For Eduardo, his participation in the Agtrain programme have changed his life: “Aside from learning research skills, this PhD allowed me to meet people from all around the world, open my mind to different cultures and study in two of the best universities in the world. Thanks Agtrain”.

Currently, Eduardo got a position as a researcher at the NationalAgrarian University - La Molina (UNALM) in Peru where he will continue his academic career.

Congratulations Eduardo!